Our Education System Is Due For A Huge Improvement

1623 WordsFeb 27, 20177 Pages
Our education system is due for a huge improvement. The topic of “learning” has been heavily discussed and debated for centuries. Rebecca Cox argues that its largest problem is intimidating instructors. Dewey argues the problem is useless information being thrown at students without encouraging critical thinking. Freire shares a similar argument, but also discusses the oppression tied to this teaching method. Hsün says there’s multiple phases in learning. Until you reach the lower phases, you won’t be able to learn efficiently. All are effective arguments worth looking at critically. Rebecca Cox’s The College Fear Factor heavily discusses the fears and anxieties that come with transitioning from your comfort zone as a high school student…show more content…
By doing this, you’re not allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes. Colleen, for example, had so much confidence when entering college, but let one professor who she referred to as a “pompous ass professor type” have power over her ability to succeed. Her fear caused her to hide and nearly gave up. Cox discusses solutions to managing the fear Colleen and many other students share. She chats with Carlos, who perfectly explains redefining success and failure by seeing the positive in a bad situation. He expresses, “no hay mal que por bien no venga.” (“there is no bad thing that can’t turn out for the good”). Choosing to learn from your failures and seeing them as positive experiences are crucial for self-growth and success. In conclusion, one of Cox’s huge points is many people are afraid to start college while worrying they won’t succeed. It’s choosing to see fear and failure in a positive light that will fuel your desire for growth and success. Dewey considers experience an important factor in learning. However, he states that it’s a common classroom problem for the teacher to force the student to solve problems that don’t apply to real-world situations He proposes that it’s more effective to influence students to use real-life experience to solve problems as opposed to making up answers for a made-up problem irrelevant to real-life. As stated in the text, this basic theory of education implies that “working from concrete experience
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