Student Accountability: The Real Problem with Education - Page 2
There must be a standard and that standard must be met. If we allow our children to slack in any way they will fall severely behind their counterparts in other countries. The problem is expectations. Parents and students expect teachers to water down the curriculum. They want to play games and color maps. They don’t want to read or write. New expectations need to be set and we need to meet these expectations.
Students should be expected to read and write on a daily basis. Once a student leaves the classroom and enters the workforce bosses will not care about their inability to read. Before I was a teacher I worked in finance. I was hired by a company with the expectation that I would pass my Series 7 and 66 tests, becoming a licensed financial advisor. I was with a group of about 80 other individuals who had to meet the same expectation. This involved reading and comprehending difficult material on a daily basis. One of the employees wasn’t able to keep up and he was subsequently let go by the company.
Throwing money at this problem is about as effect as plugging a hole in the Hoover Dam with hundred dollar bills. It won't work. There must be a societal and cultural shift in the way we approach education. The attitudes of parents and students across the country must change. Parents need to quick protecting their children from failure. Parents need to encourage learning. Students need to be held accountable for their actions. Politicians need to stay out of the classroom.
I believe that politicians and academics must play their role in solving this problem. This role is to untie the hands of teachers and administrators. Allow them to hold students accountable to their academic performance and behavior. If these happens, overall student performance will rise.