These are attributes that school may not always teach its students even though

These are attributes that school may not always teach

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risks, think outside of the box, and be original. These are attributes that school may not always teach its students even though they are the kinds of characteristics that will most likely lead to success in the future. Today’s education system focuses mainly on memorization, studying, taking tests, and sometimes standardized testing which do not define the meaning of success for an individual or show what one is actually capable of in the real world. Consequently, it is evident that these fundamental qualities will have a greater impact in the definition of success than what we know as the institution of school will ever have. Today's public education system is based mainly on a curriculum which is concentrates on teaching its students the three main areas of study which are Mathematics, English, and the Sciences. This type of system forces students to rely on memorization for a test or exam in which
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all of these facts will be eventually forgotten following the test or exam. A large number of students are able to memorize facts and formulas and do reasonably well on tests and exams in these three areas of study. However, does this really promote success in the future? In “ Do Grades Determine Success”, George Zoeckler states that “good grades signal an ability to learn, and that is one of many qualities colleges and employers are looking for. However, grades are not the only sign, and in fact once grades are deemed good enough, many many factors will trump them in determining success”. The future success of youth should not be determined by how well they can perform on a test or an exam but by understanding the importance of having a good work habits and knowing how to deal with adversity. This will in the end define success for an individual. Another issue is the mandatory standardized testing in today's schooling system (particularly in the United States) which is only meant to measure one's intelligence. In 11 problems created by the standardized testing obsession”, Valerie Strauss states that “ The obsession with high-stakes standardized tests is stifling creativity and imagination in the classroom. There is nothing creative or imaginative about filling in a bubble sheet for a multiple choice test.”
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  • Spring '17
  • jane oh
  • Secondary education, John Dewey

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