A week from today, the 26th, you will be doing presentations on education. These will be:
- Approx 6-7 minutes
- Will refer to the themes of your education narratives– what did you guys bring up in the work you’ve written already? THIS IS KEY!!
- Will quote from some of your education narratives.
- Will incorporate the work of EVERYONE in your group somehow (you’ll evaluate each other!)
- Will have a visual component
- Will teach your audience (us!) something
- Will include new research
- And will answer one or both of the following questions:
- What are some of the core problems with education in America?
- What are some of the first steps we can take to improve the education system?
Please, please please do not oversimplify your answers! I am asking you for “first steps” for a reason– these are big questions, and over-simple answers do not do them justice. If you’ve proposed solutions in your blog posts for today, that’s fine– but think of those as starting places for your research.
How do you get started? It’s up to you, but here are some ideas if you’re stuck:
- First of all, look at what you’ve written. What are some of the themes throughout the group? What can you learn from each other?
- What topics could you research related to those themes? I like to use the KWL+ rubric for research. That is, I write about what I K(know) about a question or theme, and then what I W (want to know.) Then I do a little bit of internet research, maybe 10 mins or so. Then I write about what I L(learned) from that research and what I (+) Still want to know. This helps me get to some good research.
- What do you think your audience needs to know? What is the best way to deliver that info in a way that will keep them interested?
Some of you have group members who are gone today. Both Hend (group 3) and Lenesha (group 4) have spoken to me about having to miss class. You should give them assignments and we will contact them to let them know what those assignments are.
Here are some of the questions you wrote in class last week. They might help you think about your presentations. Only use them if they help with the assignment above. Don’t let them sway you from keeping to your group’s theme!:
- Do you agree with Sir Ken Robinson that the education system should change from pushing a very generalized style of learning to a more individual tailored style?
- Do you agree with Robinson that the focus on standardized testing keeps students from true learning? What is a better alternative?
- Is education an anesthetic to young people? Does it have to be?
- Sir Ken Robinson claimed contemporary education systems are stuck in the past. Based on your experience with today’s way of teaching, how should we change or “modernize” the American education system?
- According to Robinson, a college degree doesn’t guarantee a successful future, as it once did. How does this motivate or discourage you as a college student?
The education system in America, New York to be more specific, is all over the place. It is not engaging, boring, and is leading to non productiveness. Based on the readings, we can come to the conclusion that something needs to be done to engage the students because school at the moment is boring, stressful and it feels like work. This should not be the case. Another problem I have seen is that one’s education is determined by the district we reside in. You see this when schools prioritize students that live in their district. Education should be equally accessible to every child and not by some lines dividing parts of the city.
We live in a world where technology is accessible everywhere we go. Everywhere we step foot, were exposed to technology. Even at McDonald’s with those huge tablet-like machines where you can order your food. The only place where we don’t see as much technology is at school. It’s even prohibited. When we’re that exposed to technology and then go to a classroom setting where everything just feels so old and dull, and where technology for the most part does not take place, you better believe school will be boring.
As technology evolves so should schools. They should keep up with the never ending technology and put it to good use into classrooms rather then prohibiting it.
Prof. Carrie Hall
After reading the essays of my classmates I have realized that the educations system is very good according to me. The problem that I believe would be the environment in which you are studying is what matters according to me. One example would be Brandon who had to go through some tough times just because he is Asian and everyone expects him to be good at math. So according to me the problem is the people who discourage students from doing something or the people who pressure students because I believe that pressure might take the student on a bad journey. Other than that I cannot think of anything wrong with the education system.
After reading my groups essay, I realized that we all had a similar theme of having two different situations in which we had to adapt to. My essay was focused around having to combine my cultures, some of the essay’s from my group focused on different school environments, another essay was about moving from one country to now New York City, and so. From reading all the essay I think we all agreed on how not only the teachers can affect our learning, but the environment within the school can also affect our learning too. To better our education system teachers and even principals should be more understanding and not judgmental to students. Everyone has a different way of learning and yet we are still forced to follow the same rules dictated by those who have control over our learning. There needs to be a balance of strictness that is more flexible within schools that doesn’t make students feel like they can’t be themselves or causes them to grow a hate not only for the school but for learning as well.
The learning environment is also very important in schools that are created by not the staff members, but also from the students in the school. One of my group members speaks about her experience with students from Columbia and her experience here in the United States. The students were more welcoming and wanted to start a friendship whereas here in the U.S. our teachers may be more likely to spark a connection between students at a younger grade level. There might be a way to change students behavior to make them more friendly and decrease bullying, but certain behaviors often come from home and not necessarily the school environment. Even though these behaviors may start at home, there can still be a way to encourage better relationships throughout schools in the United States.
While attending school, everyone will usually talk about English, math, or science. Every other subject is typically generalized or never mentioned for being considered an extra class. Taking a physical education or arts doesn’t even get considered an actual subject that affects academics heavily. It’s easy to forget that things like arts are apart of education too. Learning doesn’t have to be about where certain punctuation can go or how to add some numbers. For example, Michael learned how much small interactions can mean to certain people. That’s a lesson most people won’t even consider to be as education. The current education system focuses a bit too much on math and English, this can be seen through standardized testing. The two subjects, math and English, are probably what hold back students across the country. Looking back at when I took the Catholic high school standardized test, I only got into my high school for something that didn’t test my math or English proficiency, but my ability to learn. There was a whole section grades called ability which simply tested your ability to understand and solve puzzles quickly. I kind of wish that education tested students in a variety of topics that test ability in some form and apply an education to their strengths. It’s a bit of a utopian idea but it’s something that would help many people learn things outside of words and numbers. But then again, there are some things that only life experiences can teach, such as a fear of falling under the pressure or how much of a difference you can make by yourself.
SCHOOL IS HARD! NO MATTER WHAT TEACHERS, PARENTS OR SIBLINGS SAY. THEY DONT KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT SCHOOL. LEARNING CAN BE MUCH HARDER FOR YOU THEN IT WAS FOR THEM. I BELIEVE SCHOOL SHOULD BE UPGRADED JUST LIKE THE IPHONE. EVERY YEAR THEY CHANGE IT AND MAKE IT BETTER FOR STUDENTS TO LEARN AND PASS THEIR CLASSES. FOR EXAMPLE STARTING WITH HIGHSCHOOL ATTENDANCE WOULD REALLY HAVE TO MUCH NEGATIVE AFFECT ON YOUR GRADES. HIGHSCHOOL SHOULD BE ALL ABOUT GETTING TO KNOW WHAT LIFE IS ABOUT. HIGHSCHOOL SHOULD TEACH YOU ALL ABOUT LIFE PROBLEMS YOU MIGHT FACE AND SOLUTIONS TO ALWAYS REMEBER. THEY SHOULD TEACH YOU ABOUT CREDIT AND DEBIT CARDS, HOW TO SAVE MONEY AND INVEST IT SO YOU CAN MAYBE MAKE MONEY OFF OF THAT. THEN COMES COLLEGE WHERE I BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD TAKE CLASSES OF ALL THE BASIC SUBJECTS. BUT THE THING ABOUT COLLEGE WHICH IS TOO HARD IS THE MIDTERM AND FINALS. WHEN PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD HAVE CHILDREN SUICIDING THEN YOU KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG. I BELIEVE THAT INSTEAD OF MIDTERMS AND FINALS COLLEGE SHOULD SPLIT IT INTO 4 TESTS THAT THEY GIVE THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER. NOW THAT YOU KNOW THE BASIC SUBJECTS AND KNOW ABOUT HOW TO SOLVE LIFE PROBLEMS ITS TIME TO ACTUALLY GO OUT THERE AND EXPERIENCE THEM.
January 18, 2019
I feel that the problem is always taking test because many people may not be the best test takers in the world. There are many people in the world that are very smart at doing what they do but when they take a test they fail there test because they are not great test takers. Many people study for there test but when it comes time for the test they end up forgetting what they study for. Many people end up getting nervous and then fail. I feel that it is the wrong thing to do because some of the test we take basically some up everything we learned such as the SAT because if you don’t get a good grade on that then you wouldn’t get into a good college even if u did good in your classes in high school.
The way I feel that can be fixed is if they made tests a smaller percentage and they evened everything out, so your homework percentage goes up and your project percentage go up as well. Even if they make you do a really big project as well to because doing a project over time it wouldn’t be as bad because you can research and you can take your time and doing a project at home it wouldn’t be that much stress as taking a test. That gives you a better option and a better learning because when you do a project you would have to read and then write or do what is need to be done for the project.
Some ways that I think that could improve the education system based on reading my peers essays would be having teachers that don’t belittle you or single you out based on your appearance or religion. Or based on your knowledge. I had many experiences where I would get belittled and compared to others which really could mess with a person. I think a way that could improve the education system is to train the teachers better on how to deal with students, whether it’s education wise or not. You never know what the student is going through outside of school. Also, another way that I think could improve an education system is not base your entire grade based on one final exam. That’s really messed up and is not fair because what if a student wasn’t feeling good on the day of the final? Or is going through something mentally or physically? You could be getting As in every assignment but if you mess up in the final you basically fail the class. All the hard work and effort goes to the garbage, that’s one major thing that should definitely change in the education system. That actually happened to me before in high school during junior year. I went through alot mentally. Anxiety, depression, it was a lot to handle with school. It also affected my health so I ended up going to the hospital and stayed there for several weeks to get better. That was toward the end of my junior year and it was around finals week when i forced myself to attend school so i could pass junior year. All year i was doing great in all my classes and getting straight As. Highschool wasn’t as hard. But my finals messed me up because of my mental and physical health, i couldn’t focus. All because the education system gives you your final grade based on one exam which is the final. Which lead to me not doing so good in the classes because it was all based on the final. In my opinion, that should really change. Not only that it isn’t fair, but also it’s a burden on many of our (students) backs and has us so stressed that we could mess up on the final.
From my experience with school the main issue is that we are teaching kids to memorize facts and formulas. We excuse memorization as learning. The problem with schools and tests is that we were memorizing facts for that particular subject or text at the time. I forgot what I memorized and unable to make confident decisions as a young adult. We’re teaching students that failing a test is the end of the world, yet as a young adult we make endless mistakes and learn from them. I truly believe that every individuals learns effectively in different ways and the education system and teachers should invest more time with student individually. Some students learn effectively by memorizing and putting that information into the real world which is great. However, after reading my group essays is showing that school in general does not give you life lessons and information that would truly help us in the real world.
In “Under Pressure” by Latrell Greene; his teacher gave him the chance to perform in front of a large audience ultimately allowing Latrell get over the fear of anxiety while performing in public. In “More Than A Game” by David Wu; he talks about how playing basketball taught him life lessons like to never give up, and that life is not going to be fair all the time. My favorite quote from him was “There are high and lows but you continue to give whatever you do your very best you will always emerge victorious”. In both these stories Latrell and David both learned life lessons that sitting in a classroom will never teach you.
“Pixelated Thoughts” by Nicholas Wojino and “Video Games Taught Me More than School Ever Did” Erik Yan but mention how video games taught them how to communicate, work with a team, write with proper english and multitask. Both stories are evidence that not everyone learns and are engaged in topics the same ways. Nicholas talks about how society make playing videos games as a brain washing violences enhancer. Furthermore, Nicholas and Erik outcomes suggest a that video games can teach them things that school cannot.
Every student learns differently. The education system and teachers need to adapt to each students as individuals. The School System uses the same format back when schools were still segregated. Student learns most effectively when they are interested and engaged on the topic. Everyone learns differently; if it’s being taught hands on, in real life mistakes, or memorizing facts. A good teacher should find ways to engage their students to help them feel stimulated and want to actually learn.
Prof. Carrie Hall
During our lives, everyone needs to go to school so that we can educate our self by learning. In most cases what really matters for us can change during the years. Some can love school, and some might be more interested in something else. What I think really matters is that at the end of the trip we’ve accomplished what makes us happy.
Now kids and teenagers like us, most of the time are given classes at school which really don’t matter in terms of interest, what I mean is that the class and the teacher that teaches the class can be the best in the world but the student will still not be interested as much and the class at that point is just a waste of time for the student.
I think that there are a lot of ways that can be integrated in a school program which can result in students having more interest to keep going in the classes and not being bored of it. One of the ways I think can really help that, is what really matters for us and who do we want to be. Choosing has a kid can be difficult because we can change our minds a day or the other, what I suggest is to have more classes that we can choose during the course of our school years. That can really help understanding what we really want to do. So, every semester let’s say we have to choose like 6 classes 2 of them should mandatory and the other 4 we should choose, and the ones we have to choose can then be taken more than one time and the class of course will be a more advanced one. I think that this is one of the ways which can help school classes become more interesting for students.