Growing up, school was not a major factor in my life. I come from a hard-working, middle-class military family. My mother, a Filipino immigrant, was a homemaker. My father was a 21-year United States Marine veteran. They were my first impression of what I thought my future would be. Being the youngest of four children, I was expected to fall in line behind my siblings when it came to education. I was never pushed to excel in my studies, so I did just enough to get by. As I watched friends escape the grasp of a military town and ascend to their respective colleges, I was left wondering what was next for me. I attended my local community college for a brief period of time. I treated college no different than high school. I
As Laurence Powell Jobs once said, “It’s not that our high school system was not designed well, but that it was designed in 1906 when the country was just out of the industrial era. There hasn’t been a substantial systemic change the way we do high school since then.” It’s no secret that the current school system used in America is outdated and problematic. With a plethora of obvious issues in need of fixing, there are noticeable differences between America and other countries. Steps needed to improve the system can be implemented. Although times have changed, the American education system has become outdated and thus is riddled with faults. When compared to other education systems, it is clear that the American schooling system is in need of reform.
A high school education sets the pace for the rest of an individual's life, whether or not they attend college, receive the perfect job, or are able to function in the fast pace of society. The material taught in high school nowadays is not preparing students for life, or college, but rather feeding and exhausting their minds with tedious information they will forget in a matter of weeks. These “scholars” who are supposed to be the next generation of geniuses are not being taught the knowledge needed to be as successful as possible in our always developing and unforgiving world. In Kim Brooks essay, “Death to High School English” she explains her thoughts and personal experiences with college students who were improperly taught the fundamentals
Three out of four graduates are not fully prepared for college, because of this they are almost certain to take remedial classes in which they can prepare to be “freshman,” in their second semester of college. ACT’s have tested 50% of these graduates, and it was measured that only 25% of that was actually prepared in all three areas of testing. So what is wrong with this picture? The problem is American high schools are not preparing their students for a college environment, and college work. Students aren’t receiving the key work and lessons needed for college. With all the method that teachers have, which aren’t working to the extent they should be, they are honestly forced to help these students out when they should have been prepared to begin with. With that said, High School teachers are not preparing their students academically for college. Colleges are forced to do studies in consideration of improving the United States Academic reputation, and the overall education for America.
Preparing high school students for college is every parent and teachers goal but sometimes that goal is hard to achieve. Students are not getting a proper education now-a-days and they do not realize that it is going to hurt them after they graduate. A study says, “That composite score dropped to 20.9 among high school students in 2013, the lowest in eight years” (Adams, 2013). That is a very low average and it is because what students are learning in high school just isn’t sticking with them through college. After students graduate they start taking harder classes, some have to start paying their own bills, and so many other changes they are not ready for. It is a big jump to go from high school to college and I think schools can do a better job of preparing students. It is their experience and education in high school that is going to help them in college. If they are not ready they are going to struggle which will result in some not so good outcomes such as having low grades or even worse dropping out. I do not believe that high school education has prepared students for college because there are many useless classes, it is more about memorizing than learning, and students drop out in a year or less because of the workload.
When the Supreme Court ruled that nine teenagers would be chosen to integrate LIttle Rock’s Central High School, the citizens of Little Rock responded in many different ways. Most of the students at Central High School were very rude to the nine students and very few were kind to them. In the book there were many instances were the students were rude but one example was on page 72 when the nine students walked in the school most students were yelling very rude things to them.
“In fall 2016, some 20.5 million students are expected to attend American colleges and universities, constituting an increase of about 5.2 million since fall 2000” (National Center for Education Statistics). That number seems to be rising each and ever year, and it almost seems as students feel like they have to go to college directly after high school. Maybe it is because they feel that they have to fit in, even if college is not for them. Although some students attend college for academics, sports, and other reasons, some students attend college for no apparent reason; with that in mind, students should take into consideration the time and money that is put into going to college.
I really appreciated watching the documentary about Little Rock Central High School in class this week. “Little Rock Central High School is an accredited comprehensive public high school in Little Rock, Arkansas.” I had never hear about the school before or knew the history behind what happened many years ago. I cannot imagine what it must have felt like for African American kids to go school for the very first time with a bunch of white Americans who did not accept them at the time. Nine simple ordinary African American kids worked so hard to allow a chance for them to receive an education in a school that was not segregated. To think about how much bullying they went through and how much verbal and physical abuse they must have endured
12 years, 2040 days, 16,320 hours, 979,200 minutes, this is the amount of time American students spend on the first step of an education (K-12). After spending this massive amount of time in school you would think that students are leaving with a good education, right? But the sad reality of it is that American high school students graduate with a mostly irrelevant education and it is crippling them in the real world. I am a student at Denver south high school in Colorado, so I have been able to witness this issue first hand. Although Denver south has an impressive level of diversity of different ethnicities, cultures and ideals that adds a lot to the experience of a high school education, our curriculum is still far from what is should be. I 've witnessed students sitting at desks sleeping, playing on there phones or doing something completely different from what the class is doing, not saying that I do the same thing. Being a senior I was required to take a civics class, this class consists of mostly lectures that rarely interact with the class, for me this class is a study hall where I finish homework assignments and where I finished the majority of my college application I was able to do all of this while still maintaining a A, isn 't their a problem with this? The majority of teachers, and parents think that this is the student 's fault for not being motivated to learn and to resist boredom, on the contrary I
There are no words that can express my desire to end my last year of schooling at Wood-Ridge Junior Senior High School. Recently I was chosen to speak at a prospective student's event where I had to explain to an audience of parents why I loved being a W-R Blue Devil. Frankly, I was shocked with how much emotion and attachment I have towards W-R. I always have known that my years roamed around those halls would imprint in my mind forever, but I would have never thought of crying at the thought of exiting them for the last time. But as you can probably predict that is what occurred. I will write to you what I told the audience as I deem it relevant to our purpose. Wood-Ridge High School isn't Bergen Academies or in this case Pascack Valley. The fact is Wood-Ridge isn't simply a school to me. I don't even consider
Two iconic educational institutions symbolic of the American rite passage are high school and college. Movies such as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, American Pie, and Blue Mountain State highlight the social and academic struggles faced by most who attend. If one looks closely at these two institutions one can see many similarities, such as subjects taught, extracurricular activities, and sports. However, these institutions are also vastly different in cost, rules, flexible scheduling, and social opportunities.
This school is miserable. I can’t believe my parents made me attend Ramapo High School. The people in this school are a buncha phonies with rich parents. Everyone acts like they’re entitled to everything because of their social status. I’m trying really hard to apply myself but I can’t handle the surrounding that I am in. To be honest though, I’ve been to schools that were way worse than Ramapo. The worst one was Indian Hills. God damn, that place was a hell of a dump. I ran away from that place so many times that even I started to become concerned for myself. My only friends here at Ramapo are Ackley and Jane. Ramapo has over a 1000 students enrolled, and those 2 are the only ones that I know of that aren’t phonies. You want to know what characteristics
After being up all night working on your third paper this week, you walk into an auditorium that is packed to the brim with hundreds of other students. Over the past few years in your old high school, that averaged fifteen to twenty students per classroom, the teachers told you that they had prepared you for college. However, in a survey carried out by campustechnology.com, most college professors find high school graduates unready for college. According to the United States Department of Education, the United States is home to almost thirty thousand high schools, however, they are all useless if they do not adequately prepare our students for college and the journey that awaits them.
According the most recent national assessment recorded in the Washington post, “the nations high school seniors have shown no improvement in math and reading performances since 2009.” In the most recent years, education has taken a huge downfall. Since 2010, over 45% of students drop out. Many students have problems with the grading system, so many different testing programs and having to follow a set of rules and not expand on those rules. The education system needs to induce more creativity, enforce the ways on how education is important and elaborate more on the rules of grading.
I am a person who can remember never having read more than two books in a year, and in fact I did not read one book in ninth grade. One of the memories that upsets me most is that in English classes where students were expected to develop or improve their writing skills, teachers would grade my essays “Excellent.” The reason why I am upset is because currently I am having difficulty with fragments, agreement, and other grammar issues that take forever to sort out. Back then, I really had been led to believe that my writing skills were excellent. Needless to say, most teachers in public schools are just trying to survive, and sometimes they can be careless about how they lead students on. This has a lot to do with why the majority of public school students do not attend elite colleges such as Yale, Harvard, or Princeton. We just never had a chance. Those doors were closed on us a long time ago.