Argumentative Essay On Education

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For the past month, the wise students of Wesleyan College have been reading and watching Ted Talk videos that all somehow relate to education. Primarily focusing on Sir Kenneth Robinson, Daniel Pink, and Fareed Zakaria, each text has a unique meaning and different point of view. They also all have a piece in their text which is influenced by education. Before one can proceed further into the re-imagining process, it is of value to uncover the true meaning of education. By comparing and contrasting the previous texts, it would be beneficial when it comes to critically analyzing and thinking about the similarities and differences between education. Knowing the standpoints on multiple views gives the reader a greater knowledge on the topic of …show more content…
It seems as though standardized test would state at a certain age one had to be at a certain area of knowledge, and if a student was not there then it was determined that the student is educationally delayed. In the Ted Talk of Sir Kenneth Robinson, he challenges the diagnoses of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). He reveals that “children are not, for the most part, suffering from a psychological condition. They’re suffering from childhood” (5:40). Since the United States focuses primarily on standardized tests to see where the student is academically, are we actually better at taking them? In comparing both Robinson and Fareed Zakaria texts they seem to relate in addressing America’s educational facts. For example, Robinson believes that tests are important, however other curriculums should be equally as important as the primary classes or STEM. Zakaria suggests that because of the tests America has taken, they are worse at problem solving verses academically compared to other countries. Progressing in to Fareed Zakaria’s text, he gives supportive facts that enhances his beliefs on America’s test taking. Zakaria notes “The United States performed terrible, scoring below the OECD average (…) the test was designed to assess problem-solving skills, note rote memorization” (91). It seems as though from the data received from Zakaria’s text that America’s test taking methods are not the best when it comes to actually problem solving. Relating back to Robinson, would giving way to the other subjects help with this problem? Does America not have enough of the other arts or we have too much that it affects our ability to grasp certain problems? The answer to these questions ultimately depends on the student, how they learn, and what helps them

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