The Need for Major Education Reform
Why Today's System is Flawed and Outdated
As students who have been in the education system for almost thirteen years now, we have realized how much it should be reformed. We believe there are many things that should be changed for the students all over the nation. One of the biggest problems today are the graduation requirements. From state to state they all differ, and colleges in those states require their states graduation requirements for college. This makes it very difficult for students to apply to out of state colleges. Let’s face it, America’s sophomores do not think about what college they want to go to, so therefore they most certainly do not look up the graduation requirements for out of state schools. By the time students may realize they need a certain class for the college they want to go to, it may be too late for them to take the class or very difficult. The solution is for all the states to have the same graduation requirements for all high schools. This would make it easier for the students to get into all state college, but also it would level out the playing field among students. our plan to set this reformation into movement is to gather all the state representatives and come to a mutual agreement on class requirements, and have all the states pass the new law.
Standardized Testing Not an Adequate Way to Measure a Student's Intelligence
Contrary to popular assumptions about standardized testing, the tests do a poor job of measuring student achievement. They fail to measure such important attributes as creativity and critical thinking skills. Studies indicate that standardized tests reward superficial thinking and may discourage more analytical thinking. Additionally, because of the small sample of knowledge that is tested, standardized tests provide a very incomplete picture of student achievement.
Standardized testing is not an efficient means of measuring an individual's intelligence, it's very limiting and doesn't take into account the fact that some very smart people just aren't good test takers. We need to get rid of this outdated and unreliable system.
Over Crowded Classrooms
What are every bodies thoughts on the education system? Classes, requirements, testing . . . ?