American Education “Bug” Nelson Mandela stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” In 2013, about 65 countries’ students took the PISA test; unexpectedly, in the PISA test results, American students dropped behind many countries, but Shanghai’s students were crowned. By-standers see more than gamesters. As a international student, I am educated by different systems of the two countries, and I think there are three problems in American education: American don’t care about students’ grades as much, students have too little school time, and teachers and parents give the students too much confidence. First of all, American should be concerned about students’ grades. From the article “Fear of Heights,” Bob Chase states that most parents, teachers and students think extracurricular activities are more important than academic achievements. The current situation, more American will concern their children’s social skills instead of grades, I have personal experience: three years ago, I was trying to apply to American high school, so I spent all day long to study English and never hung out with my friends or joined any school clubs. After all the effort, I got really good grades and I had confidence to apply to a good high school. However, I was rejected by most high schools that I applied to, for the reason I didn’t join any clubs and they thought my social skills are inadequate. Then I came to America and I found sociality is really important for American students, academic achievements were not the definition about good student any more and I kind of like that, because that means I don’t have to speed my whole day to study. Instead, I can go out and meet more new friends and play sports, that make my life more colorful. But, most Americans are more concerned about student’s social skills instead of the academic achievements, this is also a reason why American student drop behind many countries. In my opinion, if you are a full-time student, you have to put academic achievements on the most important position. This is not about which country you are from or live in, school is somewhere you can get knowledge from, so during your school time, you need learn as much as you can, it will help you a lot when you try to find a job and competition with others. Hence Americans should concern their children’s grade more than sociality. Secondly, American school’s calendar should change to a full day. In the article “Teenagers in Dreamland,” Robert Samuelson states that American students have lost the reason for hard working because they and their parents are already satisfied with their current outcomes. In a psychological perspective, if something takes people most of time to do it, people will put it in an important position consciously, therefore if American school’s calendar change to full day, students will pay more attention to study instead of part-time job, parties and cars. If students spend 8 hours in school, their parents will reduce lot of stress about find baby sister to their kids or summer Camps, it also reduce the money stress of the parents. A…
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words or less tell us what do you hope to gain from participating in Community Scholars?
By participating in the Community Scholar program, I want to gain the satisfaction out of knowing that I am able to help out a student. I want to gain the trust and acceptance of the student, so I can push him or her forward to success. The experience that I would gain by being in the Community Scholars program will be fulfilling knowing that I have contributed to a student’s growth and development as a result…
Adopt a Family
The student council at Staunton River HS in Moneta, VA, adopts a needy family from one of its feeder schools each year for the holidays. Each student who wishes to participate must raise at least $50 to contribute to the project. The group typically raises between $800 and $1,000.
On the designated day, student council members sing carols at a local nursing home and visit with the patients. Afterwards, they go shopping for their adopted family and wrap the gifts…
community because they lose funding for schools which in turn can cause loss of jobs for teachers, less supplies for schools or even schools shutting their doors.
Children lack socialization because they usually only have a small amount of friends and they are shunned by their peers that go to private or public school. They do not have the opportunities to interact like they would in school (www.middleschool.net) and that is important for developmental health and the development of social skills.…
Why Students Should not Have to Take Standardized Tests
I don’t believe that high school students should have to pass a standardized test in order to receive a diploma. In my opinion it does not improve academic achievement but it worsens it. I have many valid reasons to support my opinion.
The first reason I believe that high school students should not have to pass a standardized test is because it keeps many good, smart students out of college. Some colleges require a certain…
parts of our imagination. I propose that high school students should be eligible to decide what books they read and discuss as a class in order to induce further participation and interest in the classroom.
However some people would challenge my position by saying that high school students may choose books that are far below their reading/comprehension level in order to make the process easier for themselves. This statement comes from the idea that students are, more often than not, looking for an…
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
All students are entitled to enjoy the basic rights of citizenship recognized and protected by law for persons of their age and maturity. The school will foster a climate of mutual respect for the rights of others. Students are expected to respect the rights and privileges of other students, teachers, and district staff. The district’s rules of conduct and discipline are established to achieve and maintain order in the school. Students who violate the rights of others…
After-School Programs: Latino Students Future
12 May 2013
After-School Programs: Latino Students Future
California is one of the top states with the growing demographics of Hispanics in the United States. The Latino population has been steadily growing for the past couple of years. Soon the Latino population will be the dominant minority group, yet the states do not provide the children with excellent quality…
Military Recruiters be Allowed in High Schools?
One of the key responsibilities of society is to ensure the safety and long-term success of its children. With those obligations in mind many parents-led organizations have begun to campaign for blocking military recruiters from access to students on high school grounds. These groups argue that through the use of predatory tactics and by glossing over negative aspects of military service recruiters are coercing students to commit themselves to a situation…