Every year, schools teach their students various subjects, allowing each individual to succeed in many different aspects. If this is the case, however, why are students expected to perform equally well in each class? After all, each student has a different rate of learning. Some learn by visual interpretation while others learn by listening or performing the action. Each student takes a certain amount of time to absorb the information. Is age and completing education in a certain time period beneficial for society as a whole? Should we categorize children into grades by age and pressure them to compete at a young age?
Children should be categorized into grade levels by their skill level, and the amount of time they personally need to meet each state standard. As a college education gradually grows more important, there is a greater sense of pressure. The pressure of going to college becomes a standard and a pathway to children’s entire lives. Instead of making children feel safe and secure though, we are doing the opposite. Some children give up their education because of the pressure and can never fully recover from the choice they made early in their life. If children don’t receive a proper college education, their future becomes uncertain and very difficult.
The American education system clearly needs much improvement. Currently, the system is showing no improvement, and the majority of the population will pay for their lack of education in the future. Why does the education system create higher standards each year and expect more from each student, while the education of students has shown no improvement? As school expectations grows, the education and life of Americans do not.
While certain teachers set very high standards for their students, others set very low standards. Some teachers lack the charisma because they did not originally intend to make teaching their profession, only their safety option. Consequentially, the learning experience is different for each teacher and student, but all the students are still expected to take the same standardized tests. Afterwards, the schools compare their students' test scores, expecting the exact same result from each student. There is a strict requirement of quantity over quality. But will a longer education result in a more gratifying future?
Each individual performs differently and may not reach the standard that another student reaches. If there is more expectation each year, children are gradually overwhelmed, and the amount of college graduates will continue to remain at 29%.
Although the government will pay for each student’s education, this education is only effective if the child thoroughly learns the material, equipping them to deal with situations in their adult life. At the moment, the government’s money is being put into an education system which is not improving or helping the economy or the lives of future generations.
Public school education has started to vanish, and many parents are choosing to send their children to private schools. As public schools no longer reach the proficient standard for education, there is a higher chance that a child will receive a better education in a private school rather than in a public school. What are private schools doing that public schools aren't doing? This is the question that our education system needs to decipher allow our country’s education to elevate to its full potential.
Article by Alvina Zou, edited by Lauren Kam