Worth of the Public Education
Worth of The Public Education Education has a tremendous impact on the human society. It begins at birth and continues until a person’s last day on earth. Human beings gain knowledge and information through education, and use them constantly throughout their lives. Leaders of nations have been thinking constantly how to educate their citizens, because of education’s role as a vital instrument in the development of an individual and society. There are different forms of education exist in the human society. The Most obvious one is the public education.
The society offers the free public education to its citizens and citizens are required to take proper education in order to become vital members of the society. The public education, and its system have gone though several changes and lost some of their true values. The true purpose of education and its practice have disappeared in the public education system. Students have gone through hard times learning general knowledge and skills that they need for their future in the public school system. The public education system also doesn’t seem to provide enough extracurricular activities and safe environment to students.
The public education also doesn’t help students in developing individual’s character. In today’s society, people
The public education has failed to implement those goals in its system. Marlow Ediger describes in his article “The American High School” that “I observe no project based learning or hands on approaches of any kind. The students simply respond in parrot like fashion to the teacher, illustrating the school’s implicit view that students are passive receptacles into which knowledge is to be poured” (816). In today’s fast paced world, education needs to be spread out over a lifetime, and the main thing the public schools need to teach students is the love of learning.
Students do not feel that the public education is important and useful to them. Therefore, the lessons that schools offer are extremely boring to them. The travel time to schools, the breaks between classes, the time allotted to take attendance in each class, and disruptions from other students can waste time that can be saved for more valuable options such as reading breaks, or even ending the sessions of the day a little bit earlier. It is hard for both students and teachers to understand the core values of education if there is no love of learning in the system.
In this environment students cannot find the true values of education and what its real purposes are. According to John Taylor Gatto, “the true purposes of education are to make good people, good citizen, and each person his or her personal best” (154). It is hard for students to find these values within themselves and learn if they don’t have freedom of learning. Schools do not give students many options to choose. Schools tell students to learn certain materials and expect students to absorb everything. Each student is unique and different.
The public education cannot satisfy everyone’s needs and desire to learn something new that is genuinely helpful to each individual. Therefore, not everyone can be such a person that John Taylor Gatto describes in his article through the public education. The public education system teaches students the general knowledge of science, math, English, and history. The author Abu Selinuddin depicts in his article “Good Public Education Is Our Basic Human Right” that “public education is adequate for preparing their children for success in the future” (6).
The public school system does an exceptional job in teaching general knowledge. Students learn about all different kinds of subject and make them useful in their lives, but most of the time they do not learn what they actually need to learn. According to the Michael Moore’s study, “A whopping 40 percent of these students did not know when Civil War took place” (134). This shocking result shows what students learn from the public education. The public education has not taught students to distinguish which is more valuable material and which is not.
People who don’t have general knowledge of history work for the government. People who don’t have general knowledge of the government vote and elect a president. This eccentric trend can seriously harm the society and its root. According to John Taylor Gatto, “the aim is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed and train a standardized citizenry, to put down dissent and originality. That is the aim in the U. S. and that is its aim everywhere else” (155). Countries cannot be united and lourished when people do not share common knowledge and thoughts. Without the right education system, countries cannot produce valuable citizens and get the benefits that their citizens offer. The environment can also play an important role in education system. The public school system no longer provides a safe environment to students and teachers. Crime, violence, and disorder in schools have become major national issues. These problems not only endanger students and teachers, but they also prevent teachers from concentrating on teaching and students from concentrating on learning.
The study, “Indicators of School Crime and Safety” illustrates that “In 2005, 8 percent of students in grades 9-12 reported being threatened or injured with a weapon in the previous 12 months, and 25 percent reported that drugs were made available to then on school property” (1). This study proves that the public schools no longer play their role as safe havens for teaching and learning, free of crime and violence. Why students have to go to school? There is no right answer to this question, because other systems such as homeschooling can provide the similar or the better environment for teaching and learning.
Students and teachers don’t have to deal with the things that they don’t need to deal with. Schools are spending a millions of dollars to prevent crimes in schools, even though the money should be spent on students and educational purposes. John Taylor Gatto explains his point of view in his article, “Do we really need school? And if so, for what? Don’t hide behind reading, writing, and arithmetic as a rationale, because 2 million happy homeschoolers have surely put that banal justification to rest” (153).
Students do not deserve to go through metal detectors, weapon checks, or random drug testing of athletes. Students come to schools to learn, and that is the only purpose. Schools are not prisons. Students and teachers should reevaluate the public education system if it doesn’t provide a good learning environment. One of the advantages to homeschooling is being able to keep students closer to home, and thus more protected. Students won’t be exposed to real world issues such as smoking, drugs, and sex quite as often as public students would by not forcing them to go through the bad side of public education.
Students can participate in more extracurricular activities through home schooling than through the public education. By being taught at home, the student has immediate access to the teacher, and asks questions as just about any time without having to worry about other students and their learning habits. John Taylor Gatto argues in his article that, “Challenge your kids with plenty of solitude so that they can learn to enjoy their own company” (159). One on one learning and extracurricular activities can help students to achieve that goal.
One on one learning is very important in order to develop a clear understanding of all the material, and students’ character. Patrick Basham describes in his article that “Contrary to the concerns of the educational establishment, the typical home schooled child participates in a wide variety of extracurricular activities” (16). Due to the fact that homeschoolers have more time to do other activities, the teachers which are the parents can teach materials by putting them into practice. The parents can use a variety of outside resources such as museums and library.
Students can use those as a break that is fun and educational at the same time. Students can also express themselves and their idea without any interruptions or limitations. Through this type of learning, students can find more interesting side of all subjects. Homeschooling can also help students in developing characters and teach them to be well developed individuals. Home schooling students have more time to explore, time to finish, time to go deep into a subject of interest, and time to be together as a family. Homeschooling gives parents time to adequately deal with character issues with their kids.
Parents can also asses the social and emotional needs of their children in order to help them lead balanced life. Students themselves can also have their own time to understand and evaluate themselves. According to Michael Moore, “The ability to conduct research is probably the most essential skill today’s students can have” (141). Homeschoolers learn the ability to conduct research by spending time at home thinking. This process helps students to think over the limit, and develop individual’s unique character. Therefore, homeschoolers have greater possibilities to become future leaders and adventurers.
The public education system has shown to today’s society that it no longer can possess its role as the ultimate teaching institution. It seems to forget its purpose to educate students and lead them to the bright side of the world. The public education no longer provides people with the safe environment and core materials. The public education no longer cares about the true purpose of education. The public education system only creates smart people but not well developed people. In today’s society, peopl e need to be well developed in order to become successful and active members of the government.
People can get those benefits through homeschooling, because homeschooling does not create people with bigger brain and knowledge, but people who are exceptionally fit and extremely valuable to today’s society. Public school students are still majority and noticed more often, but being as minority well developed students, they have bright future ahead of them. Work Sited Moore, Michael. “Idiot Nation. ” Rereading America 7th edition (2007): 132-149. Gatto, John. “Against School. ” Rereading America 7th edition (2007): 152-159. Basham, Patrick. “Home Schooling: From the Extreme to the Mainstream. Studies in Eucation Policy 2(2007): 1-24. Abu, Selimuddin. “Good public Education Is Our Basic Human Right. ” Community College Journal 76(2006): 6-7. “Indicators of School Crime and Safety. ” Education Statistics 212007 1-2. 16 Oct 2008 <nces. ed. gov/programs/crimeindicators/crimeindicators2007/>. Ediger, Marlow. “THE AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL. ” College Student Journal 422008 814-817. 16 Oct 2008 <http://web. ebscohost. com/ehost/detail? vid=4&hid=7&sid=74ad5e39-2e1d-4508a5840d51a5a9a2f8%40SRCSM2&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZSZzY29wZT1zaXRl#db=ehh&AN=34262670>.