Questions: What do you agree/disagree with in this article? What ideas resonated with you? What ideas did you find troublesome? How does this article support/contradict your existing philosophy of teaching?
Agree: I believe that we should look to our students to get new ideas, and move forward with old ideas. I agree that often times students don’t have all the necessary components coming into the classroom to be ready to learn, whether it be jobs, home life, or other distractions that get in the way of learning. Some areas of study come easier to some while other frustrate others, even if they are trying to learn. I agree with the article stating that not every student can obtain the standard we set. Agree that things are often lost after a course is taken, especially if you struggle in the course. I agree we don’t give students the full tools in which they need to be successful in the area they are passionate about. “A youngster who does not need math for his or her planned vocation will lose little by satisfying minimal requirements and may gain a great deal through the freedom to pursue real interests.” — Spot on
Disagree: I believe that if you do try, you have a good chance of doing well. A significantly better chance you have if you try to learn then if you don’t. However I disagree with the idea of “trying” at something you are poor at won’t make it better, which is the feeling I get from this article.
The whole idea of the article is pretty thought provoking and makes the reader step back and go “oh, you mean kids don’t like having a hard time learning something they have no interest in” Really? I think we do not give students enough choice in their high school courses and often times ram subjects don’t their throats just because we follow what history has done, not whats correct. That being said it has to be frustrating as well being the teacher that just can’t seem to get through to a student and give them that “magic bullet” that will allow them to grasp what they are saying.
I find it somewhat troubling to think that education should be competitive in some way or another. Scholarships are based on highest marks, and things alike. Why is their such a competitive want to have the highest marks at whatever cost, why not just do your best and that is sufficient?
I believe this article to support much of what I believe in education. That education should be designed for the students, rather than the students designed for the education they receive. This article makes great arguments to that of which education is currently being done wrong, and to that I have to agree. Education should be applicable for all, not easy for some, tough for others, and not enjoyable for more than we as teachers would like.