American Education Sysytem Essay

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In today’s society, we would describe high school as a four-year passageway into adulthood [college]. Ever since our current education system was implemented, high school would begin at the 9th grade level, and end at the 12th grade level. With the average age for 9th graders to be at 14 transitioning to 15 and for 12th graders to average in at 17 transitioning to 18; this have been the norm, for the American society for ages. In Leon Botstein’s “Let Teenagers Try Adulthood,” he writes an opinionated piece on how the current American education system is obsolete; plaguing the current youth by preventing their way into adulthood and isolating them from their experiences of it. From my ...view middle of the document...

Changing the whole education system based on that type of data set is wholeheartedly illogical. A body’s physical state is autonomous from a body’s mental state. His proposed methods would be abhorrent to the cause of changing the education system. Botstein states “At 16, young Americans are pre spared to be taken seriously and to develop the motivations and interests that will serve them well in adult life…we need to face biological and cultural facts and not prolonging the life of a flawed institution that is out of date.” I partially agree that adolescents minds at that age, are mentally developing to maturity, but at that age, the minds of adolescents, are not ready to be totally independent and experience challenging life problems, a 20 year old would face in college or in general.At that age, even though our minds are developed and mature, we need guidance.
I do believe that the current education system needs to be ratified, but nor for thee same reasons as Leon Botstein. As Botstein proposes to change the age high schooler graduates, I on the other hand propose to change the teaching method that have been placed in our educational system. The use of standardized testing from local, sate, and federal governments, is not the key toward success in education. Testing will not help educate students in this modern era....

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