Where is Your Money really Going?

1473 WordsJul 16, 20186 Pages
Thirty thousand eight hundred and fourteen dollars, that is how much my first year at college costs but what am I actually paying for? College is supposed to be a time for growth, experience and learning, but is that what is actually happening? The answer to that question is no; beginning in grade school, students are taught the exact opposite. Although teachers have tried to make school more engaging, it is no longer about learning and students are going to be greatly affected by this change. Parents and students are paying for college only to have an education system that tears down individuality, and is non beneficial to students’ learning. School has evolved from teaching about learning and independent thinking to teaching about…show more content…
Students will realize that with peer grading, it is easier to get a good grade, and students will be putting a significantly less amount of effort into their work. When they put little to no effort into their work, they are putting little to no effort into learning the material. A teacher not grading the work would be like an engineer having their clients consult themselves, or their peers, on any errors. Or like a chef handing a menu to a customer, asking for their money and telling them to go cook their own meal. Students are not getting all that they are paying for from the education system. Teachers are also trying to get students more engaged by including social networks such as Twitter into their classes. Zach Miners, an education writer for US News and World Report, writes about how “a growing number of professors are embracing [Twitter] as a way to introduce students to a different kind of communication” (Miners 534). Professors are trying to get students engaged both inside and outside of the classes, but it is causing one major weakness in students. Using sites such as Twitter in a classroom setting is encouraging interactions over technology versus personal interactions. Students are losing contact with the real world when deciding to engage in the use of their cell phones, Facebook, Twitter, etc. As time goes on, more and more students have a lack of people skills and how to verbally express themselves. David
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