American schools – no learning allowed!
Char at Weary Parent says that “teachers no longer teach kids to think” and that her kids are “bored to tears”. She says they spend most of their school time studying for ‘Standards of Learning’ exams. According to commenters too – the tests are really easy.
What is happening to eduction in the U. S. and what can parents do about it? It seems the schools and teachers are only concerned about the kids passing the tests and not about teaching them anything new.
And how to think critically is the most important thing kids can learn. If the schools won’t do it, parents will have to. The best advice I can think of is to look for opportunities in daily life to help make up for what the schools aren’t doing. And instilling a love of learning by example. If parents don’t do it, who will?
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on May 3rd, 2008 at 11:51 am
Hi Trisha, i got information by email today that you added me as a friend, thanks, so i thought i would just come along and take a look here.
The phenomenon you talk about in this post, that teachers only seem concerned with children passing tests seems to a universal malaise of the educational system, it certainly is here in India!
on May 6th, 2008 at 4:10 am
This event occurs in my country. Teacher don’t teach kids to think but teach kids to read in book that some books not update. I hope my country revolt education very soon.
on May 6th, 2008 at 5:57 pm
Hello! Thanks for stopping by Reena and teeyai!
Well, at least its not just this country then. Not that that is a good thing! But at least I don’t feel like we are the only ones messing up!
on May 21st, 2008 at 8:30 pm
Please don’t blame everything on the teachers. The teachers are just doing their job. If it weren’t for the No Child Left Behind Act mandating that all students will be proficient by 2014, teachers would be able to incorporate more critical thinking activities into their curriculum. The state gives the teachers strick guidelines that they must follow, and if they don’t follow those guidelines, and if their students don’t pass the test, their job is in jeopardy. Believe me, the teachers would much rather be teaching something other than the state standards.
on May 21st, 2008 at 8:59 pm
Sorry, I didn’t mean to sound like the teachers were teaching the way they are because they are choosing to.
I really don’t think I could be a teacher myself – it would drive me crazy to feel so controlled with guidelines like that.