Alfie Kohn's Analysis

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As a senior in high school I have spent thirteen years of my life in the public school system participating in countless standardized test. My third grade year our school system began taking SOL’s, standards of learning, and it was then that education switched from what the teachers felt was important to what the government insisted we needed to know. It was then that it no longer mattered what we knew instead, all that mattered was we could fill in answers to obtain a grade of excellence. However, I may not be in the best position to complain I have had straight A’s my entire life but in reality it shows nothing more of me than the fact that I have a good memory, that is until I am done with the test. Even though I have received straight A …show more content…
many things stuck out to me but the first thing that caught my attention was, “Knowledge is acquired, of course, but in a context and for a purpose (Kohn)”. Now people may argue that standardized test are a purpose to acquire knowledge but I disagree. You can gain knowledge of subject but it does not obtain worth until you apply and use it for good within the real world. There has to be something emotionally pushing you to learn and standardized test do not do that. Instead, they make you fear not learning. I hate going to school. I always found it pointless and had perfect grades without trying. However, the moment I decided I wanted to be a teacher everything changed. No, I did not find high school more interesting and I did not love going but I did find a passion for education at a lower level. I have spent almost every day in a kindergarten classroom for the past two years and I have learned more about the importance of education than I did actually in school. There is a reason we sit through school for thirteen years and it is to find our purpose in life that God intended. For me it was to become a kindergarten teacher and now that I know that I do not think school is pointless. However, I do find calculus to be pointless since I will probably never have to explain that to a five-year-old. This brings me to my point that we have knowledge of a subject, just like how I know how to do calculus, but it …show more content…
“Merely sitting in a classroom for x hours doesn’t make one well-educated (Kohn)”. However, we think it does. A student could sit in a class and not put in any effort but still achieve to the same level as someone who is trying their hardest but barely making it. However, “Anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give to everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.” James 1:5. God is the creator of all, if we need something we should be seeking it from Him first. Those who know God and turn to Him learn more about life through scripture than in school. However, those who don’t know Him have not learned as much but both students have spent the same amount of time in

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