Forget the standards set, teach according to student needs

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With the many standards for education put in place at public high schools across America, it is difficult to ascertain whether or not a student has truly been learning to their greatest potential, or if the need to achieve certain levels of completion has undermined the essential concepts of education in itself.

With the many standards for education put in place at public high schools across America, it is difficult to ascertain whether or not a student has truly been learning to their greatest potential, or if the need to achieve certain levels of completion has undermined the essential concepts of education in itself.

These days with programs such as “No Child Left Behind” put in place to set the standards that all students must achieve to advance in their educations, masses of children are left in the dust intellectually. These programs cause teachers to water down curriculum in order to ensure that students are able to move on in their educations, regardless of their mastery of the material.

Teachers forced to make concessions such as this and forsake quality of education for the quantity of students who will move on, is nothing short of intolerable. A students’ age and grade does is not directly correlated to their level of educational ability. Students should have the ability to advance their educations at a pace that they are comfortable with and not the pace that lawmakers deem necessary.

A new system of teaching is necessary to ensure that students are learning not according to their age, but according to their ability. If kids do not learn the way that they are taught, it seems to make a lot of sense for the teachers to be taught to teach the way students learn. Proper education teaches people what they need to know according to their skill and not what others say they should know.

During most of high school, students work extremely hard to learn material that will have almost no practical use in their day-to-day lives when they leave high school. Schools should not only be responsible for teaching students math, English, science, and history, but schools should also be responsible for teaching students how to do things like pay taxes and bills, invest, buy and keep a house, cook, clean, and ultimately how to transition from being a high school student to a functioning member of society.

It should not only be the job of teachers to make sure that students are passing their classes and progressing to their next year of education, but also to ensure that their students are receiving an education that is advancing their level of thinking as well.