Why are Children and Schools Failing

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Schools Failing 1 Why are Children and Schools Failing? Stephen Lemmons PSY 372 Dr. Andrea Felch 2 August 2011
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Schools Failing 2 Why are children and schools failing? It is because we as Americans refuse to change our ideas and principles, and incorporate a new system of teaching that ensures our students are provided the optimal learning environment. Brain Based Learning inserted into the curriculum of school is a must in order for us to completely understand why our students and schools are failing. This vastly broad based question cannot be answered within a single context. There are various reasons why children and schools fail. There are simple learning disabilities, social pressures and distractions, poor nutrition, lack of sleep, and drugs. Within the context of brain-based learning the first thing to look at is motivation. Why are students not motivated to learn? What can we do as teachers to help motivate them? Understanding brain-based learning and applying it to the curriculum will help us to reach all the students in a classroom not just a select few. Many students do not know that they have the right to ask for anything other than what they are given. The students in today’s classroom are the product of a system in school where they are told what to do, when to do it, and how and when they can learn thus teaching them that the teacher is the source of all knowledge. Learners whether they are in elementary school or at the university level have needs that are not being fulfilled. They want teachers who recognize and treat them as human beings and they want teachers who care about them, not just their test scores. They want to know that their emotions and ideas matter and that they want to learn a certain way. They want to learn within modes that fit their own learning style and they want to be in an environment where they can learn from their peers. They want clear, complete explanations and they want the opportunity to have their questions answered (Luce, 1990). Researchers have studied the issue of motivation coming to the conclusions from the research points to the issue that school, as an organization, tends to
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Schools Failing 3 discourage active engagement in its activities and what it offers to the student. In the school system youth must comply with the rules of school and yield to the requests of adults who yield authority from the organization. Students the learners do not set the agenda. The curriculum is not adjusted because the learners want changes. There is a curriculum to be covered and standards to be met (Steinberg, Parmar, & Richard, 2006). The curriculum does not address the emotional and psychological development of the learner. Gardner’s concept of multiple intelligences does not play a part in the traditional curriculum generated approach to teaching and learning. The student is expected to read the material, study the material, even memorize the material, and take the test. The material does not motivate the student it just simply is black and white.
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