The American Education System

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School. The years of learning, the days and weeks spent listening to lectures and doing endless work. Our education system in America has been subject to much controversy… but is it wrong?

I believe the American education system is indeed incredibly flawed. This is because of the stress and issues school causes children, the added difficulty other students bring, and the weakness of differing arguments—not to mention the success other systems have had and how we can fix the learning process. Education has a clear multitude of faults we must address.

To begin with, students have gained stress and mental issues due to school. In fact, according to rd.com (Reader’s Digest) in the seventh paragraph of an article titled “Is the American School
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Public Schools Are Not Failing. They’re Among The Best In The World” explains, kids who suffer from poverty and low scores bring our average far down than it would be if they were not included in the average. However, while test scores here may be better than most believe, are our students not still damaged by a more stressful system and society? While we accept more people, do they truly get quality education? I admit that we are not the worst when it comes to education. We allow those who other countries may exclude to learn. Yet those with less privilege are forced to bear more discrimination, poorer quality education, and, ultimately, more stress. Test scores are pointless means of judging people and their countries, but the stress school systems cause students is what should truly matter.

Some also argue we teach more varied and creative classes that support individuality, such as arts and humanities. This is a trait that ranks us higher than many systems without such classes, but a considerable amount of education systems, like Finland’s, still have less stressful school systems and still include arts and other exploratory courses. This claim is therefore hardly effective since many more favorable schools can have exploratory classes—and larger budgets to support such classes.

If the American education system is so erroneous, what’s better? There are several that exceed what we
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Let’s follow Finland’s example. What hurts our system is our thirst for good ranking and, accordingly, stress we put on students for that ranking. We overlook the difficulty of school for kids because we want to be the best. We give an absurd number of tests. We associate intelligence and worth with the letters and numbers, the grades, we use to determine how well they remember these pointless things we teach. If a child dare get something wrong, or forget a single thing they’re taught, they are dubbed “dumb.” THIS is what’s wrong with our education system. The emphasis on grades and scores causes students to be overwhelmed and sometimes depressed by school. We can calm our pride and let kids learn in an amicable and peaceful environment. Get rid of egregious grades and labels, and kids will be happy. Additionally, this will improve test scores in the long run. Less tests, less stress, better kids, better statistics. Who wouldn’t want a system where we can really achieve “life, liberty, and the pursuit of

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