ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS: WHY DO WE EXPECT SO MUCH FROM OUR EDUCATORS

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“Cut them some slack.”


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Teachers are expected by the masses to be superheroes. We send our kids to school and think that the teacher should give them all the tools they need to be great. But the teacher is just a small part of your child’s success. The parents play a role in the child doing well in life as well. Yet the teachers take a punishment when the students aren’t performing.

work with them not against them

Playing a role in your child’s success and having good teaching is what creates the successful kid. But that depends in the relationship the parent has with the school and teacher. As a child, my mother played a vital role in us performing because she would call the schools for anything. Didn’t matter what it was, just to keep up with what we were doing. This way the teacher didn’t feel everything was on them.

give them the tools

We want them to educate our children, but we don’t give them the tools to do so. We have schools with old books and outdated equipment. Then the performance is low and we say we need better teachers. Well, how do you make due when you’re at an insane disadvantage. So the grades are a reflection of the lack of backing from not only the parents, but our government. So if you’re not going to be part of the solution, then you’re contributing to the problem.


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JUNEDUCATION: A MONTH TO LEARNING

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“What is it really?”


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The month of May is ending and June is beginning. And the month of June is going to be yet another topic. And the topic for the month will be education. Once again, 12 topics video uploaded and throughout the month random post surrounding education. The topics will be how public grammar schools are changing with technology to how negatively technology is effecting teaching; even how the landscape of college is changing.

why education

The reason for the focus this month, is how the need to attend school and attain an education is changing. Arising questions of whether we will need college in the future or not. The cost associated with going to and not going to school. Technology taking over that could put educators out of jobs. Or maybe a new market will open to teachers teaching from home. Coincidently I am writing this topic while schools across the country are wrapping up the year.

enjoy

So, as you read, I hope you find enjoyment out the topics as you have thus far with my blog. Continue to read, like, share, and follow.


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ACADEMIC LOST LOVE: WHY WE AREN’T EDUCATING OUR CHILDREN ENOUGH IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN AMERICA

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“They’re failing and it’s our fault.”


When observing the academic landscape of America, and the rest of the world, you can’t help but realize that the rest of the planet is passing us by. And I am using the word everybody when looking at countries that we have trumped over, over the years. Now with China as the number one economy on Earth, we now have more competition from other developing nations. We have the famed BRIC countries: Brazil, Russia, India, and like I said before China. You look at the way these children are brought up in school and you compare them to the children in America, and there some key differences. This new way of treating our children like they’re ultra-special for doing nothing can’t help. We give them all trophies when they lose and win in sports, and we also allow them to retake test when they fail. Instead of letting them fall and get back up.

Because falling and getting back up is what you have to do to succeed in the world. And when we don’t allow that to happen, we wind-up with a bunch a crybabies who expect the world to be given to them on a platter. But besides the special treatment we give to our nation’s children, what about the curriculum. The children in the poor communities are receiving the worst while the kids in rich communities get the best. And yes, if you are from money you can afford the means to what someone poor cannot have in life. Yet when you’re looking at education, we tell our children to work hard, but if they are starting out in school with poor education then where is there room to make that statement. So many are not ready for college because of the academics in their school at no fault of their own. Provide them with the appropriate tools, and if they don’t want to learn then turn away from them.

But it’s not like that, growing up in poor communities education dollars is being pulled from poor neighborhoods, but as a student why bother working hard at times. If the education is poor, what can you really do. Getting into college is nearly impossible, yet we say go to school. The issue that I have is that our Department of Education almost act as if we give the kids too much knowledge then the ones at the top start to get replaced. And the last thing people high up want is more competition. So we set them up early to fail, so they give up. Then you have a nation of few bosses and a lot of people disgruntled with life working dead end jobs with mediocre educations. Because in the end, you have to give them a chance to fight. You can’t say here is a poor education in school then act shock when it is worthless. Provide the appropriate tools, and then if they give up you can say I tried. But if you start off with screw you, you can’t be too shocked when they fail.


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GPA, WHO CARES: HOW IMPORTANT ARE GRADES REALLY?

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“Is it really a determinant in life?”


All my life in school I was taught that if you are not getting the grade in school, you are setting yourself up for failure. How are you not up late night studying for an exam or doing the homework? If you are a “C” student, then you are not going places in life. Now, if you are a straight “A” student then you are in position to make things happen for yourself in life. No one cares about other aspects of school, like your ability to learn subjects that interest you, how long you are willing to toil away at a subject, or even your ability to bounce back from adversity. Because a lot of those “A” students are so used to getting good grades, they have a hard time coming back from anything bad in college or in life. Why else do these good kids fall so hard?

Because when you grow up in school, the teacher will gravitate toward the good student/s. And when that good kid goes to college, the professor has no problem giving you a failing grade. They are not going to care who you were prior to college. And this is the first time in your life you have had a poor grade. So they at times can spiral downward. The kid who didn’t get higher grades have had to grind in the face of being told you can’t succeed outside the grade. The “C” student might be an “A” student in life, but they are not good in school. I can tell you for sure that school and life is so different. School is this structural environment that makes you study minus the notes. But in life you’re allowed to use your notes and all other materials for your personal gain. You have to go get it in life, not brought to you.

Schools like to scare kids into telling them things about the real world that is real, but also somewhat of a distraction. Because when you step into the real world, everything up to that point that is not relevant to work experience means nothing. You have to prove yourself, and if you are not use to proving yourself, then no one cares about anything you have done in this world. That is why grades are important, but like I said before, a little bit of a distraction. Because I was not the best kid in English growing up, yet I self-published two books this year, and working on my second short film script. But, I also taught myself everything about writing on my own. People feel since I didn’t learn in an academic environment I can’t possibly write. But writing is writing; and to get better you must continue to write well.

In the end, grades are not the end all be all, but schools look at it that way. To me, it is not just a way of ranking people in classrooms, it’s about providing exclusivity in the schools. If every kid in the classroom gets an “A” then the teacher gets reprimanded because the course is too easy. If too many fail, then the course is too hard. So we structure schools that so many can’t do well, then grade them in life on the basis. Let me tell you, it’s not that; you are not going to fail in life because of a grade. Succeeding in life has to do with perseverance, will, determination, consistency, hard work, and persistence.


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