The Transition from school to Prison

 

Our public schools are falling into a dangerous situation that can only lead to our education system turning into a prison. The transition is slow but noticeable if you look at how the system is operated. Sadly, the increase deaths from school shootings are encouraging this process. I can show you just how this is happen and it is going to make you reconsider more security in schools.

What is a teacher’s true responsibility?

One of the most rewarding careers emotionally you can do is become a teacher. Teachers are the most influential people in many children’s lives. Eight hours a day five times a week, children are in the care of teachers. The amount of school shootings every year rises. This is a painful truth that America does not know how to respond to. These are some of the first statements that are always asked.

  1. Why didn’t someone speak up about their behavior?
  2. Do we need more gun control?
  3. Do we need more guns?
  4. Was he mentality ill?
  5. Someone should had seen the signs, where were the teachers.

People wonder if the teachers are not paying enough attention to see these signs. What they don’t seem to understand is the daily pressures involved when dealing with their students. The definition of a teacher is one that teaches or one whose occupation is to instruct. However, America has seemed to forgotten this fact. The sole purpose of a teacher is to education their students to the best of their capability in the time given to them. But now they expect this already low-budget career to pick up the stack of other occupations. So what are a teachers true responsibilities?

 

Should I die for you?

This topic comes up often when a school shooting has happen. Should teachers be expected to risk their lives. Many times you will see stories about the teacher who took the bullets hoping to give their students a chance or the janitor who runs to tell everybody to get out when they knew they wouldn’t survive. What it means to be a teacher is changing. This year alone there has been over 10 school related shootings.

The death of a child is hard to watch and no one would want to bear witness to such an event. Every year the amount of school shooting rises. So who do they look to in order to handle the situation, The Teacher! That is simply just an unfair burden to place on people who are already supposed to risk their lives. Many of the situation involve a former student. People actually think that a teacher someone who is expected to guide children into the future should be prepare to kill one when needed. Emotionally, this is a terrible idea and it is no good financial either. America’s educational system has always had to deal with cuts including teachers’ pay.

There is no money left over to make such a proposal happen. If one of the teachers makes a mistake and accidently harms a children the district will pay thousands of dollars for endangerment of a child. There are good teachers, but there are a lot of bad ones as well. There is no way to guarantee that teach won’t lose it and do something awful themselves.

So what was my point in all of this, teachers are not angels. We cannot expect to solve all of these problems by making it there job. That is just adding another piece of tape to an overworked machine. We should not pressure teachers to own guns when they already have given up so much. Teachers with guns is just one step closer to a prison facility.

The Parent

Depending on the area many parents spend their time working just to give child what they need. Then there are the children that come from broken homes making schools the only place they can be notice. When children come to school they are expected to sit and focus for seven hours against their will. Now when I say against their will what I am referring to is the fact that most children are up before the sunrise to get ready for school. Then others are forced to wear specific clothing to make everyone look the same. Then the student study every subject each day and repeat. The system of America’s school are set up in a way that makes it feel like there is no sense of freedom. During this time the teachers are expected to monitor the students and make them behave. The school system is a form of structure but when the home front in a battleground the students come to class with crazy attitude because that was the only thing they were shown. This is one of the roles teachers are expected to take, the parent.

Guidance Counselors

Now the role counselor has been one of the biggest things expected from teachers. Counselor help many get over past or current pain and decision. Another old problem the schools have ignore are bullies. Now in every teen movie the bully is some future looking low life that are good at homework AKA nerds. Or there is the popular guy that is full of his self that goes home to any abusive father. Somehow with an average class of 20 to more student. Teachers need to intervene in every situation that turns south. But that is just not how reality works. The bullies or the ones on the receiving end are not the other ones suffering. Most of the students are confused on who they are and struggle to be themselves. Also the need to show the student how they should behave has somehow shifted to the teacher. That alone is a full-time job. Children are full of pure emotions that are expressed in many different ways. As seen in the rises of suicides and school shooting the children need guidance that is not currently being given. This is the next role expected to come from teacher.

Job Coach

Once a student is 18 they are expected to either continue their education or find a job. Learning how to support yourselves is one of the most value lesson of life. Many students do not understand what they want to do? It is not an easy choice to make even adult struggle with understand what they should do. Now I do believe that there should be teachers just for planning out future possibilities, yet currently we are lacking in such programs. Every teacher will tell you that student often as why learning this or that would be productive. Student are concern about how useful they are in the actual world and not just in the classrooms. Teachers have limits on how they can present the material given to them yet this is something most expected teacher to be able to answer.

Will we allow Americas school to become prison?

The more you look into how the school system has change the more it becomes apparent. The teachers are being encourage to take up arms, the student are forced to wear a required outfit, once you are they you cannot leave at any time unless certain circumstances have occurred, and if you do not show up you can be prosecuted by law. Letting teachers have guns will only be the start to changing what school is supposed to be and we should not let that happen.

10 Problems with the U.S. Educational System

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According to The Center for Public Education, most high school require between 175 and 180 days of school and/or between 900 and 1,000 hours of instructional time per year. So that means in four years you would spend about 700 to 720 days totaling to an average of 3,800 hours in high school before you graduate. In more populated state the amount of hours increase to an average of a little over a thousand per year.  We spend almost 4,000 hours in high school so what exactly are we doing with all this time to prepare student for the future.

1.Homework    

 

Do you think we should have homework in high school? At first, the idea of having students not doing homework sound like something a lazy scholar would say but is homework effective or necessary. Like I stated earlier students already are required at the very least 3,800 hours before graduating. To put that into prospective if you worked that much a year at minimum wage you would be at around 8,500 dollars per year.  As an adult just think about all the thing you could accomplish if 8 hours of 5 of your days were dedicated to learning, you could learn several skills for most job training.  So like I said earlier taking up more of a student’s time will not make them smarter if the time is not used properly.

2. Reading & Writing Levels

 

In 2015, 37% of twelfth-grade students performed at or above the Proficient achievement level in reading. There is one thing high school should teach you before you graduate, and that is how to reading and write.  Most people would agree that if you cannot read and write to a certain level you should not be able to graduate.  However that is not the case most students are nowhere near what they should be in their reading.  I have seen this myself in my own high school where people walked across the stage but I know they would struggle to finish a one page essay.  Knowing all the rules of grammar by heart is unnecessary but you should be able to communicate you thoughts in your writing as well.

3. Presenting Lies as History

 

There are many issues our educational system faces. One of these issues is the way we presents the information to them.  For example, one of the biggest lies we were taught in school was about Christopher Columbus.  We have proclaimed for generations that he discovered the Americas but then are given information that contradicts that theory.  There were already people living there? You cannot discover something that is already being used.  Everyone knows this yet we are still presenting a false image of how the nation was found.  The scope of history taught in school is also way too limited.  There are many events that have taken place that should be cover in classes but are not.  Teaching about the same events in history over and over does not help anyone.

4. The No Child Left Behind Act

 

The No Child Left behind Act was created during the Bush administration in hopes to boost our educational system. In theory, the idea behind making the legislation sounded like a good plan but it was a failure.  Instead of trying to educate the students more we actually did the exact opposite.  Students that could do work up to standards were ignored and students that did not have the level of education they needed were pushed through.  Also teachers were required to teach students how to be better test takers.  I remember having whole days dedicated to knowing how to take test better so you could play the odds of doing well even if you did not know the answer.  So instead of trying to make students more educated the government decided we just need to appear to be doing better which actually hindered the students learning experiences.  Knowing how to take a test will never be a job skill and should not be a focus in any school system.

5. Learning a Second Language

 

Why are we not adapting to the rest of the world? In basically every major nation the students learn to speak more than one language.  These classes often start during middle school or sooner.  Yet in America it is only required to take 2 years in high school.  Because of this, it is very unlikely that any of the students will retain any of the language they may had learn.  Only knowing how to speak one language closes us off from the rest of the world along with many great opportunities because we cannot communicate ourselves unless someone translate for us or only speak to people who know English. The system of having a second language taught in high school only is out of date.  There was a point in time when America and Britain was the lead so everyone learned to speak English in other nations but that is no longer the case.  The world is globalizing and if we can only communicate in one way we will continue to fall back because most people do not want to work with people that cannot talk to them because it is frustrating. Even our government recognized this in 2003 which led to developing the National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC) to endorse language learning and recruiting translators to serve military and national security needs.  The year 2003 was over a decade ago yet we have not made much progress since then.

6. The Types of People That are Hired

 

There are a lot of people that should not be teachers. Teacher are not only presenting the youth with knowledge, but their personal views as well.  This can affect how a class is run causing certain students to be judge more than others.  The personality type of a person should be a great factor in whether they should teach or not.  I know I am sick and tired of seeing cases of students being physically or sexually harass by their teachers.  This needs to stop.  Sadly though until teachers are paid the way they should be this is very unlikely to happen.  If you are not willing to pay people way they deserve then the result will be what is happening right now, you will hire people that should not be hired because you cannot afford the good ones.

7. Life Skills    

 

 High School does not prepare you for life, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t. We have a perfect opportunity to teach children when they grow up how to provide for themselves yet we do not use it?  There are things people need to know how to do that no one is teaching how to do for example:

1. Taxes?                                                2. How to get a Drivers’ License?

3.When you should start applying for college?

4.When you should start applying for scholarships?       5. How to vote?

 8. Job Training

 

Another thing schools seem to ignore is the fact that not everyone should go to college straight out of high school. There is nothing wrong with not going to college.  First of all it is expensive and many fail there first semester because they did not have the skill level they should had received in high school to be prepared for college.  Instead they need to start considering advocating job training in high school so students can prepare for a route that will not involve going for thousands of dollars in loans.  Having a skills can led to other chances in the future for college once you know what you want.  There is nothing wrong with taking your time to get a college degree instead of going right out of high school when most people cannot even decide what their major should be.

9. School Dress Code

 

We should not be telling children how to dress themselves in public high school. If you cannot trust a high school student to dress themselves properly then we have hit rock bottom.  Yes, some people like to expose themselves more than others but in the end they are underage and the only real problem with that is the people looking at them in a sexual way.  Also, the market for school clothes is almost a scam.  Most school outfits are not made of comfortable material which a student is expected to wear for hours 5 times a week.  These clothes are not cheap, they waste parent’s money when they could just dress themselves like normal instead of having to buy clothes just for school each year.

10. Bathroom Breaks

 

It is childish to have people who are over the age of 15 to ask for bathroom breaks. Most students are 18 when they graduate meaning they are old enough to smoke, join the army, drive, and take out loans.  Forcing people who are trying to become adults to ask for bathroom breaks just does not make sense.

These are 10 problems I have with the current educational system for the U.S.

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