What is education to us Is education a way to achieve our dreams Do we use education to strengthen our lifetime experiences and common knowledge People from all over the world use it for different reasons, and there in lies a problem. Education can be forgotten by the people how can benefit the most from it. The reason why students around the world attend college for one common purpose, to ensure that our futures will be healthy and prosperous. But the people who don??™t realize that education is not only affordable, beneficial don??™t take a second to reconsider attending. Education also helps us with the building blocks of life, such as knowledge from a young age and enriching ourselves to grow into the future. Education benefits us with the understanding of common knowledge from every day situations, to a lifetime of prior knowledge. Education is a common tool of life; it helps us succeed with daily chores to extensive time periods of hardship. Education is derived from consistency, needing a stable career, and how education builds with the blocks that we puzzle together called life.
The years that we attend general education are the most important years of consistent learning. In these years, teachers are instructed to develop simple skills in children that will increase over their general education into the most technical. K-12 are the first building blocks of education because these years help structure future education slowly. Although students are highly influenced to succeed in school, teachers and
parents take desperate measures to persuade students to try harder. In the essay In Praise of the F Word, Mary Sherry explains how using the word ???flunking??? is a method to persuade students to do better in their studies.
???It is an expression of confidence by both teachers and parents that the students have the ability to learn the material presented to them.??? (503)
Mary Sherry presents a argument that can be considered false in some aspects. Earlier on in her essay she states that teachers are given a strict curriculum that they must abide by. Unfortunately these standards are not what the children need. The students get lost and confused in what they are learning. Although they are structured and to the point, the material is not reviewed are understood in the most effective manner. This is why many students fail or drop out. They do not feel they are smart enough to pass the next test or should be held back. Education should be tough and challenging, but not to the stressful point of giving up. To regain consistency we need to make our lesson plans easier for the students to comprehend in a timely matter. This means we need to re-evaluate education to strengthen out future. Education should be consistent to the development of the students.
A new break threw method of effective teaching is technology in the classroom. Technology has spiraled into the new era of life, supporting the need to stay updated with the world. Technology is entirely new to us. Technology that we know today has been growing only in the past hundred years. Although it is new to us, technology has helped people in so many new ways. In the article, Integrating Technology Into the Classroom, by Melissa Kelly helps demonstrate how technology in the classroom can be beneficial to students in all grades and all ages.
???Research is the number one reason to use the internet in education. Students have a wealth of information open to them. Often, when they are researching obscure topics, school libraries do not have the needed books and magazines. The internet helps solve this problem???
Kelly describes her kind of researching as, in my own words, thinking outside of the box. Students should never be limited to the infinite resources that are available at hand. This gives students a larger playground for their class projects, and research papers to be developed more efficiently with accurate information.
When students start to prepare for their careers, or in some cases, college drop outs attempt to finish what they have started, they find it difficult to find the time to do the courses. Young teenagers out of high school are still stuck in those (I don??™t care days), while others are swarmed with previous responsibilities, struggle finding the time to squeeze any classes in at all. These students turn to online courses. Jeff Lakie says in his article, Disadvantages of Online Education, explains that online education can make learning more difficult for students.
???You may be given some guidance along the way, but you and you alone are usually responsible for working your way through the course. Since you can work at your own pace, some people find themselves putting the work off until they dont have enough time to finish the requirements???
Lakie makes a good point by explaining why students struggle with online courses. Students just don??™t have time, or for lack of better words, have bad time management. To assess this problem, we need to enforce better time management skills at a younger age. Weather this is through the parents, teachers, or through group learning in schools, this problem of defective time management skills has effected students at all ages.
The most common purpose of higher education is to ensure that our futures will be healthy and prosperous with a stable career. As people start to venture outside of high school, they tend to notice that life is not an easy ride. Life faces people with many challenges that can alter their lives forever. For example, many young girls and boys make a horrible mistake in unplanned parenthood. These young and new families have to start somewhere right People turn to college for stable careers to benefit them for a lifetime, not just temporarily. But not everyone decides to make this change into adulthood. Many people start in the workforce at a very young age. Sixteen year old construction workers, seventeen year old waitresses; these kids don??™t even consider finishing school for the benefit of their futures. Alison Morantz wrote a review on Teens in the Workforce. Morantz emphasizes that teenagers in the workforce are rising to new heights.
???Roughly one-third of 16- and 17-year-olds are employed in any given week during the school year, with about 80 percent holding a job at some point during their junior or senior years???
With these staggering new numbers, it gives us a new vision of teenagers in the workforce. Students are less reliant on their parents for spending money, and are sometimes forced to help support their families along side their parents. Thus, having a steady career has many benefits in the long run. For example, my mother went to community college to study childhood education. She has always loved children, and found it an interesting career to pursue. After she graduated with honors from College of the Canyons, she found a job as a director of a recreational facility for before and after school daycare. Today she runs her own daycare out of her house with much success. Although success can be found by self sufficient needs, attending college is a catalyst for new opportunities for years to come. New opportunities can come from all corners of the world. Careers are the second step to acquiring lifelong education.
Education is needed to help the masses of children learn the basic knowledge from grades K-12, or ages 5-18. After these first steps to jump start the children??™s thirst for knowledge. The students that enjoy learning or students that need to learn for a career throw themselves into community colleges and universities all over the nation. Colleges help the students succeed in their careers for life. Does this education stop after we graduate the last level of general education Education has endless possibilities, with influences not only from the class room but from personal experiences. Education is not only acquired in college, but is also self taught. Knowledge about past experiences that young people lack gives older people a strong advantage. As people grow old with age they are still learning new things each passing day. Carol Siskin wrote
???Most Americans blindly accept the idea that newer is automatically better. There is a great deal of happiness to be found as we grow older.??? (359),
in her essay called, The Virtues of Growing Older. At the age of 40 when she wrote this essay, Siskin finds that happiness grows with age. With age comes knowledge, so therefore knowledge increases with the happiness that grows on us through life. Although they might not notice this, everything that we see, feel and experience should be treated as knowledge.
Education is forced with the constant struggle of being a young adult, to becoming an adult with a career, and finally being able to reflect of acquired knowledge as we grow older with age. People from around the world are faced with problems that sometimes they cannot control. One thing that we can control is education. By strengthening teachers lesson plans, listening to the students and most importantly providing them with the right tools to successfully graduate high school, junior college, and graduate colleges. Ralph Lauren once said, ???Knowledge is not a passion from without the mind, but an active exertion of the inward strength, vigor and power of the mind, displaying itself from within.??? Ralph Lauren means that knowledge is being active in what you believe in. I strongly believe that knowledge and education thrives off of what we need: Consistency, Stable careers, and reflection, to complete our life and make it whole. Life would be nothing without education because you never stop learning and you never stop living.
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Morantz, Alison. ???Regional Review: Teens in the Workforce.??? www.bos.frb.org, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, quarter 2, 2001. Web. 28 October. 2010
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