How to Improve the United States Education System
Isabelle Cantrell, Division 2, 12th grade #ws18e-s3d2

The scene before you, kids hands balled into a fist against their cheek, eyes glazed over, and drool spooling on a desk, and that is a quarter of the class trying to pay attention, another two quarters don’t care and are on their phones or talking, and the last quarter are the kids up front taking notes interested in what is being learned; that is what you will generally see when you walk into a classroom anymore. As a student who has exelled in school her entire school career I can see the flaws in our education system that needs to be fixed. As a child of two teachers I am aware that those flaws are being caused because we, as a nation, have a tendency to coddle our youth, and don’t let them deal with any type of bump in the road. Education can be improved by disciplining the students, giving responsibilities, and creating and keeping a standard all students have to uphold. The education system always wonders what they can do to help the kids that are struggling, and the answer is to let them struggle, to let them grow and learn how to deal and solve their issues. The real question is: Are we as a nation preparing these kids for real life circumstances by how we are treating and teaching them while they are in this safe learning environment?
Teachers are afraid of disciplining their students because the parents get upset about the tall tale their child tells them instead of what actually happened. This aspect of the job for teachers is the most stressful according to, Behavior at School Study, “ … 53% of teachers are stressed because of students’ behavior,” which really shouldn’t be the most stressful part of their day because it should be making sure the students are learning what they are supposed to be to pass into the next grade. The most common behaviors a teacher has to discipline every day are: verbally abusing other students, displaying uncharacteristically erratic behaviors, or being physically aggressive with other students( B.A.S.S.), and that would be extremely stressful and tiring to have to deal with every day. There should be a point where students are held accountable for their actions, and teachers should be able to enforce discipline when they see fit, withing certain parameters of cours. The faculty should be allowed to discipline students when they are acting out of turn, so that other students can learn what they need to get into the next grade. When students start running the show rather than the teachers then the intelligence rate in this country will be decreasing insanely fast. Students don’t only need discipline they also need responsibilities to be successful.

The youth of America in general isn’t given responsibilities as much in school or in the job market because of incidents in the past. Middle-school teacher, Heather Wolport-Gawron, lists ten responsibilities that students should have from being your own advocate in the classroom to dressing professionally for school these responsibilities are what students should have, but are not upheld to. Students generally don’t advocate for themselves in the classroom, and when they do they do it in a matter that is rude and condescending to the teacher. Teachers should have hard due dates for assignments, so that students start becoming more responsible with their grades. Parents should stop making excuses for their children and hold them responsible for their grades instead of blaming the faculty for ""not teaching their child properly"" and every other accusation that is thrown at teachers.

In the United States Education System the majority of schools don’t retain their students because they don’t want to “embarrass” the student. According to our 44th President, Barack Obama said, “This notion that we should just graduate kids because they’ve reached a certain age and we don’t want to embarrass them, despite the fact that they may not be able to read, that is a disservice to students,” which is correct, letting a student pass to the next grade doesn’t help them at all because they didn’t learn what they needed to to pass the grade. In the Los Angeles School District there is a code about retention where it states, “that students who don’t meet grade standards — as measured by state standardized tests at promotion “gates” in elementary and middle schools — must repeat the grade,” (Molly Callister, Hechinger), but teachers have found a loop hole where if they do not think that retaining student will help them with passing the grade they do not have to repeat the grade. If we did away with “social promotion” for good, and there are no loopholes for the teachers to get around then the school system in the United States that’s when our education system would truly be improving.

In conclusion, the United States Education System is not setting their students up for success in the real world by not giving discipline, responsibilities, or standards for their students to uphold to get into the next grade. I hope that one day in the near future that these won’t be the issues of our education system, and that the majority of students don’t end up flunking out of college because they’re unprepared for the standards, the responsibilities, and the discipline that it takes to make it in college.
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