When children are told they are ‘special’ and are praised for everything it does two things: it reduces their aspiration to put in the effort and it reduces their want to be challenged. In the article, “ Are Kids Too Coddled?” by Frank Bruni, published in New York Times on November 23,2013, Bruni argues that today’s kids are living in a world where they are protected from the world’s hardships. Bruni points to how “ [many n kids at all grade levels are Bubble-Wrapped in a culture that praises effort nearly as much as it does accomplishment”(par.23). Not long after the Common Core system was put into place, parents were pulling their kids out of tests because the results upset the kids and they said they were “too hard.” Not only are the parent making sure the kids are protected from feeling bad, the schools are too.Sports teams are making sure everyone gets to be captain and trophies are awarded to everyone who plays. With everyone winning and doing things the “easy way” these kids
Furthermore, the author points out that grades are not improving because students and education are improving but rather because parents and students are demanding grades to be adjusted according to what they think it is needed not what it is deserved. “Students and parents are demanding -- and getting -- what they think of as their money's worth” (Staples, 216). Students are not receiving the grade they truly deserve based on their work but what the parents and the students themselves
On the other hand, there is an argument that the education system provides positive qualities. Some students are actually improving in the classroom and on standardized tests. In her book, Christina Fisanick found that “In Wisconsin, 87 percent of third-graders were reading at grade-level or above. This number was an all-time high, and a 13 percent increase over 2002 scores” (Fisanick 17). Success for all is one of many purposes that come from the educational system. An education reform named No Child Left Behind signed in January of 2002 was to make sure all students were given the chance to improve. In other words, this act made educators work even harder to make sure all students were moving on and that no child was being left behind. If a parent or guardian is unsatisfied or
Academically and personally I feel as if I have several points of interest that I can set goals for. Whether those goals be simply getting stronger in the gym or keeping a high gpa, I wish to hold each to their own standard. Therefore, by writing this letter I wish to learn more about myself and my aspirations.
To figure out the likelihood of a high school football player’s success in college over 100 high school head football coaches were surveyed about their views on qualities high school football players need to move to the next level. The surveys were mailed, emailed, and followed by several phone calls if no response was received within four to six weeks. All coaches surveyed were members of the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and have had high school football players recruited by division one colleges within the last five years. The survey questions sought the following details about the football players: (1) Academic ability; (2) Athletic ability; (3) Self-determination; (4) Character; (5) History of overcoming adversities. Lastly, the end goal after the surveys have been collected and evaluated is to offer high school football players valuable information about what is needed to be considered for a four-year college scholarship.
The article “Why You Shouldn’t Pay Children for Grades” was written by Amy McCready. McCready explains that parents should “inspire a love of learning, cultivate good habits and allow children to plot their own course, they will truly flourish.” Throughout the article McCready provides reasons that serve as evidence for this main idea. McCready explains that school is not just about grades, but also about how well children develop key skills for later in their life. Also, McCready explains that children will not be rewarded for every job well done in the future, and if parents continue to pay for grades children will expect a reward for everything they do well.
A challenging goal that took a long time to achieve was maintaining a 3.5+ GPA by the end of junior year along with taking care of my family while my father is sick. Throughout middle school and high school, I have helped my mother and father with chores around the house as well as assisting my father whenever he needed medicine or other tasks to be done. It has been a responsibility of mine to step up as the head of the house along with my mother to meet the family’s needs. My brother is younger than I am, so I have had to help him with school and any problems that arose, from friends to health.
The reality is that these kids are inevitably going to grow up to be adults who have a hard time connecting with others, effectively problem solving and have a constant need for quantifiable success and praise. There is not a special switch that gets flipped once a student graduates school and leaves standardized tests far behind them that suddenly imbues them with the higher order thinking and life skills necessary to succeed and continue to grow. It is our job, as educators, to try and meet the standards set for us while also making sure that our students are learning more than memorizing their times tables and how to fill in answer bubbles. We need to help provide our students with the skills and tools necessary to be successful people as well as successful
Kids should never be awarded with something when their grades are allowing their GPA to accumulate to 2.5. Rewarding children continuously when they give no effort towards learning isn’t going to help them progress in life, in fact it’ll help them digress. School is where you life will begin mainly high school. The grades you get now, The way you participate in school and the way you attend school will greatly influence your future job and environment. You should not treat your child like getting a 2.5 GPA is amazing and they shouldn’t strive to get greater, because you are thinking to yourself that is the best they can do. No, you push them to strive for better giving them rewards for actually trying and earning good grades. Then you can give
For many college graduates, they were asked to take a certain number of elective courses in order to get their degrees. For this reason, “GPA-booster” courses are always on the top of course enrolment list. I am guilty to say that I was the one who liked to take easy courses to fulfil elective requirement. I can deeply feel the regret on my waste of time and money learning concepts that are as simple as common senses and I would never use these concepts in future life. Although it would be difficult to imagine that I have been more responsible and reflective towards the learning over the relatively short time period of 13 weeks, I would have to admit that the texts by weekly reading articles and the opinions shared in the discussion group helped
I totally agree that when a person works hard at being a student, parent, child or employee that they can increase their abilities and perform better. A person has to believe they can grow academically, if they want to excel at being a better student, they just have to challenge themselves and not see failure as not being smart but a way to improve on their smartness. There are a few ways to improve a growth mindset such as finding different ways to learn, do not seek praise or approval from other people for your success/level of learning, accept the fact that your flaws are not a negative but a positive step to learning and do not let a mistake bring you down but use it as a lesson learned to do better next time. Lastly, I feel if a student
I write this in hopes of cajoling you to possibly increase my semester grade average by 10 points. Although I am currently engaging in a number of AP courses, I find English III to be the most difficult and time consuming of my entire schedule. An increase in my semester average will only help me in my future academic career. I adamantly believe that I am the hardest worker among my peers, and deserve to have a better overall grade due to my effort, attitude, and determination to be successful.
On the other hand, this may not be the case with many children as they feel that if they get grades that are considered ‘below average’ they shouldn’t try anymore because they won’t improve and their grades will stay the same. Whereas if we were all assessed based on our effort, this problem would not occur. If the system was completely fair (Based on effort) then students would try more than if the system was completely unfair (Based on ability) because you are being graded on how hard you try! So of course they are going to try! It is logical in every way! It’s just like if you told someone that you would offer them $100 if they just tried to run a mile. You probably wouldn’t refuse that if you are smart.
If students are apathetic towards their grades, then they will have to face the consequences of not putting their "best foot forward" and really pushing themselves. Many students have so much potential, but they choose to be lazy and ignorant. This can be addressed by pushing students, or punishing them. At my school it is possible to get detention if it is obvious that you aren't putting in any effort, and you have to stay in detention until you can pull your grade up with the loads of work your teachers will give you. If you do nothing to a student who is always failing on purpose then they will get no where in life. Many students are also apathetic towards getting involved in school (clubs, events, etc.) solely because of their past experiences. Many students face rejection when trying to get involved and be helpful, which causes them to give up and have no interest in trying. Students NEED to have a voice, especially when it comes to their school life. When students are rejected and silenced instead of at least given the chance to voice their opinions they will stop caring. My class is a great example of how this effects students, because this year, as a junior class, we have to plan prom, but every time we have an idea we get turned down and our opinions get ignored, so we have gotten to the point where we couldn't care less how prom turns out. We have been labeled as one of the worst classes, so we just give
If they are passing they must be doing good. Some of my friends didn’t even show their parents their report cards because they wouldn’t care. As long as they would go onto the next grade it was ok. Well then when it came time to get into college all hell broke loose because they thought their kid could get into any school they wanted to. Sometimes parents just need to get involved in their kid’s lives just a little bit. With all violence going on in schools today parents are now worried more about their child’s safety more that grades and getting an education. Its not only the parents and teachers fault but its also the children themselves faults. Kids see school as a place to socialize instead of lean. Its ok to have friends and girlfriends and boyfriends, but its also ok to lean something while you are there. You are there to learn first and they socialize second. I knew way to many people in high school that were just there to find out where the party was going to be at that night. People would just sleep their way through class and pass because they would cheat or the teacher would pass them. It was kind of sad to see this, but at the same time I was thinking somebody has to run that register at McDonalds. I didn’t care about anybody else’s grades. Maybe I should have. I could have helped some people, but it was hard enough h trying to get myself to stay awake to lean the freaking periodic table. School is