>> Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Today I want to debate the merits or pitfalls of the United States (and most other places') standardized education system. There have been varying studies that lean on both sides of this so instead of giving you all the science behind it, I will simply put up two arguments and let you decide. Feel free to site papers in your arguments.
Most people will state that this educational system leads to more well rounded students also giving students a chance to succeed despite their weaknesses. For example, a student in middle school may be horrid at homework and lacks motivation, but excels in test taking therefore maintaining a decent grade. A student at a university may be horrid at doing lab work (not my problem at all!) but does well on the reports and homework.
Also, forcing the students to take many types of classes in undergraduate studies "prepares students for life" by teaching them a variety of things that may come in handy some day. The little piece of paper you get shows employers that you worked hard and got the job done.
There is a huge gap between genders and races/ethnicities. People in poorer areas do not get the same education despite standards set up. There are many who believe that the current system allows for mediocrity to reign. Average students at a better school end up with more opportunites than a great student at a horrible school. There are many reasons for this, but I am just listing arguments here.
If a student at an early age shows an earnest desire in science, let's say- since this is a pseudo-science blog, that student cannot just study science and excel. Gifted students have incredible dropout rates because school is "boring, unchallenging, and a waste of time." I will not say who I am quoting there. Genius is lost because a student who excels at music for example, cannot just study music.
Many people cannot get jobs they want because they lack "credentials." Who set up this system and said what should/shouldn't be considered credible? Do we need to overhaul our entire educations system? Begin!