What is going wrong with schools?There is a lot wrong with schools, and easier question these days is,What's right with schools?Sadly the list would be shorter. The public school system in America today is sadly lacking, not just in the field of academic achievement.
Children are, in effect, risking their lives by attending school. Critical attacks from disturbed students are spreading like a plague. Every year, there is increase in the number of students who give up education after high school and start working in minimum wage jobs/unskilled jobs. Stereotypes between smart and dumb students and racism are the biggest issues student faces in school education system. The public education system always gives priority to students who are smart in study, where on the other hand, students who are not smart in study never get chance to prove their inborn talents. School education system wants the bright students to be the brightest in every aspect and starts giving them more and more work pressure; but they don’t know that it is not at all uncommon for the brightest students to become problem students in the environment full of stress and frustration. The movie Stand AndDeliver directed by Ramón Menéndez as well as authors Michel Moore and John Taylor Gatto illustrate in their work the darker side of the education system.
As illustrated in these works, from the lack of government support the students face a type of stereotypical inequality or racial inequality that develops the negative attitudes toward the low self-esteem and they learn to fail because schools are failing. Many people want us to believe that the problem with school lies not in the idea of public education, but in the way public schools are managed and funded. “Walk into any public school, and the odds are good that you’ll find overflowing classrooms, leaking ceilings, and demoralized teachers” (Moore 157).
There is big decreases in the number of college students going for teaching profession, and there is big shortage right now. The main reason behind this is that government don’t pay enough money to this teachers and government gives a lot of stress to the teachers. Not only does the government, but also the students and their parents play the similar role. Students should respect the authority of teachers. When the teachers don’t get polite response from both government and students then teachers change their profession. “ It's that they lost the confidence in the system they're now finally qualified to be a part of. I don't know why I'm losing sleep over this.
I don't need it. I could be making more money, with less hours, and have people treat me with respect” (Movie). The movie itself illustrates the problem of shortage in teaching field. Jaime Escalante came to Garfield to teach computer science but instead he ends in classroom of AP calculus where comments like “We’re seniors.
This is our year to slack of” are common. Moore and Gatto both state that we need teachers who could encourage them and not give up. Teachers fill up their students' heads with full of random stuff with no attempt to illustrate the point of what they're learning.
Students are not taught with the knowledge that needed to solve problems in real life, but they are taught what’s in the text books. All that students learn are stray facts that don't add up to anything. From what they taught from school, they can't integrate what they don't understand, so they just to pass the test and afterwards they forget everything. The end result is that students fail to think beyond a distinct level by the time they are finally released from their high school prison.
“There are a lot of teachers who suck, and they’d be better suited to making telemarketing” (Moore 160). Its government’s job to provide their union with great teachers and that can be done when they (government) should start giving more fund and more attention toward education. The other main issue after the lack of government support is the stereotypical inequality or racial inequality.
Today’s public schools are monopoly of inequality. The education gap in the U.S. between different races is growing wider and wider, and equal education opportunity is being undermined. Although free universal public education was adopted early in U.S. history, equal opportunity has never been realized.
In the movie Escalante stated that “those (AP Calculus) scores would have never been questioned if my kids did not have Spanish surnames and come from barrio schools. You know that ” When ethnicity and culture are made indistinguishable, schools become full with stereotypes. The school which supposes to teach students that we are all equal is the cause of racism. Moore argued in his essay saying that students learn stuff which they are forced to learn. Also, students tend to learn more from the environment where.