Debating the Issue

Hello everyone! We have been talking mainly about OUR point of view on the subject of education, so let’s listen to a conversation debating both points of view.

*Conversation between Jessie(our side) and Julie(against us)*

Jessie: Homework is too much. It is the main factor of my stress, and I spend almost every moment I have at home trying to complete it. I would rather just go to bed to get a goodnight’s sleep, not completing my assignments. Even better, I don’t even believe homework should be assigned at all.

Julie: I strongly disagree. Homework challenges you and refreshes you with practice on what you learned that day in school. Saying to yourself “No to homework” late at night, will not get the homework completed, and it will affect your grades. Loosing a few hours of sleep each night is worth good grades.

Jessie: Whatever you say… But wait! I am not going to take five AP courses if it will only stress me out and cause me loose a good amount of sleep.

Julie: That is very true, it will stress you out. However, at the end of the year, it will all be over! You need to differentiate yourself for college admission. Many students are taking multiple AP courses. To be accepted into high level colleges, you need to go above and beyond. The standards are rising and rising, and if you are looking to be accepted to high level colleges, you need to challenge yourself and keep up with them.

Jessie: How is challenging myself beneficial to my mental health if all it does is add on to my stress?

Julie: Challenging yourself with hard courses and stress is beneficial because it will help prepare you for your future. How will the future of our county continue to grow if our students aren’t prepared for the real world? The students today are the future leaders of our country. You can not slack off in the real world, and you will often be faced with stress.

Jessie: You are saying I need to differentiate myself my taking higher level classes, but the standards and expectations are rising each year.Since many who are applying to college are achieving beyond the requirements, you can have straight A’s, have taken over 2 AP’s each year, have over 200 hours of community service, and look the exact same as 50 other student applicants. To the college you just look, “normal”, even though you put countless years of work and effort into your high school years.

Julie: You are correct, but does this mean you just want to give up the chance of going to college just because you look the same? You can also differentiate yourself by extracurricular activities, it does not only have to be academically.

Jessie: Okay fine. Now let’s talk about Block Schedule. I don’t believe it is necessary for high school because students have a hard time focusing for longer periods of time. It is also challenging for students to keep up with the fast pace of their classes, which only last a semester of the regular schedule.

Julie: Block Schedule prepares high school students for college. Block Schedule classes are the same length of college classes, which prepares the high school students, so they will be used to the rigger in college.

Jessie: You have very good points, but I am sticking with my side. Good-bye!

 

Which side do you agree with? Comment below!

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Raising Standards

Hello everyone!

The documentary, “Race to Nowhere” suggests that in order to redefine success, we need to eliminate homework, make learning fun again, reward the teachers better, consider the well being of the students, and take the pressure off of standardized tests.  On the other hand, in “The Blog” section of Huffington Post, Linda Flanagan and Sarah Sangree respond to the documentary, “Race to Nowhere” (learn more about it here), suggesting another possible solution, “This is the world we live in. Maybe we should start by examining our own insecurities and regrets before setting out to change the system.

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We have a simpler solution. To borrow from Nancy Reagan, just say no: no, you may not take five APs*, no, you may not join four teams this season, no, you may not stay up until 2:00am doing homework, no, you may not volunteer three times a week at the Food Bank, no, you may not participate in activities simply to pad your resume. Whatever the consequences, you’ll survive and we’ll continue to love you.”

Personally, I think they have a very good point on limiting the stress students put on themselves because of all the things they put on their plate. However, that doesn’t address a big problem with our educational system. If students say “I cannot take 5 APs, I cannot do my homework until 2:00am”, then all it will do is put their stress level down, which yes, is a very big problem. However, as a result, students will have a larger chance of not getting into as good of colleges due to their lack of advanced courses and lack of community service hours.

In addition, saying to yourself “No to homework” late at night, will not get the homework completed, and it will affect your grades. This brings us right to the problem of how high of expectations colleges have, with the standards rising and rising.  For example, the requirement for a language is two years to graduate high school, but three years are now suggested to look good on college applications. In addition, three years of science are required, but most students are now taking four years to maximize their chances of college admission. Suddenly straight A’s aren’t good enough. Students also have to complete 200 hours of community service, while jumbling AP courses following by tests.  BUT WAIT! There’s more. You are also expected to have talents, passions and extracurriculars, such as sports and playing instruments.

All the things that “look good” for college, is the reason why students are taking too many AP courses, forcing themselves to do sports, spending a lot of time doing community service, and staying up too late completing homework, to a point where it is unhealthy. The reason students are doing all of this is to seem unique, to distinct themselves from other people. Since everyone who is going to college is achieving beyond the requirements, you can have straight A’s, have taken over two AP’s each year, have over 200 hours of community service, and look the exact same as fifty other student applicants. To the college you just look, “normal”, even though you put countless years of work and effort into your high school years.

Since students were infants, they’ve had the idea-you have to go to college to get a job,and graduating high school is a minimum, unless you want to work at McDonalds- jammed into their brains. As a result, the mindset of student’s is that all the stress and effort is worth it, to receive a decent job and make enough money to withstand a family of four.

What can YOU do to help make a change to the faulty education system?

We are humans, not robots!

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