What is one of the most important things in a child’s life? Education is the key to living and contributing to society. Although the American educational system seems to be teaching and helping its students, people believe it is failing students.
The No Child Left Behind program was put into place in 2001, to help schools teach students and help advance their performance in mathematics and reading. Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch, and author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, elaborates about the No Child Left Behind program, and its effect on the schools and students. Diane states that “[NCLB’s] simpleminded and singular focus on test scores distorts and degrades the meaning and practice of education” (Ravitch). She believed that the program did little to help those low performing schools. No Child Left Behind is not the only program put into place to help students better their selves, recently our own school districts in Idaho have started focusing on the new Common Core standards.
Common core “provide(s) a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.” (Common Core State Standards Initiative: Preparing America's Students For College & Career). The Common Core program was put into place to offer help to students just as the No Child Left Behind program was. Common Core focuses similarly on mathematics and English standards. The mathematic portion focuses on if a student can use logical reasoning to understand and solve problems. The English portion focus on better: reading, writing, language, and speaking and listening skills. Common Core standards were adopted in Idaho in 2011 but were not fully implemented into the Idaho school districts until the 2013-2014 school year.
The education system of today is failing students. It is out of date, the world and the needs of the students have changed but the system is staying the same. In the piece Let Teenagers Try Adulthood by Leon Botstein, he comments “We need to face biological and cultural facts and not prolong the life of a flawed institution that is out of date.” (Botstein). He believes that the education system should be changed because students are changing; we have different needs now, than fifty years ago, and a hundred years ago and so on. He suggests that “Elementary schools should begin at age 4 or 5 and end in the sixth grade. We should entirely abandon the concept of the middle school and junior high....