Failure At Success Case Study

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Failures at Success
The reason students don’t do well in school is because the system has set them up for failure. With the implementation of programs to reinvigorate the education system, the use of standards has popped up in a much more prominent role in schools. Unfortunately, a lack of communication between those who created them, the federal government, and those that must implement them, the states, has created an environment in which student achievement levels are low. The demand for students to meet federal and local educational criteria has changed the formative years of today’s youth from a time of learning and growth into years of unequal and incomplete education. One could argue that the only ones at fault are those who interact
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The idea behind social promotion is that students who have passed a minimum level of academic achievement are allowed to advance to the following grade level regardless of their overall knowledge. It seems that many hope a student’s academic skill sets will eventually match those of their peers over time. This is not the case. In a 2006 evaluation by Jay P. Greene, who is the Endowed Chair and the Head of the Department of Education Reform, students who were socially promoted showed they failed to meet the same level of academic achievement as their peers and continued to do so over time. Not only did students fail to learn they failed to catch up to their peers. While the belief that students should not be separated from classmates and friends their own age is a kind gesture it also creates a sense of entitlement when it comes to advancement. The great thing about children is that they see the world differently and notice things most adults don’t. They are also more likely to the way notice things work and use it to their advantage, this can be seen equally when it comes to instant gratification not just in entertainment but in education. Students entering or already well into their college years will admit that they have taken advantage of the system in this aspect; indeed students still in the first two thirds of the system will admit to this as well. In April of 2015 students in a class taught by Donna Potratz, an English professor at Mira Costa College, sat down for a discussion on what they thought or felt about social promotion and their experiences with education. One student admitted “growing up [knowing] that [he] was going to be promoted each year. There was no point putting in too much effort.” The minimum requirements would be met by his person and the end result would be the same. The system had taught him that passing was a

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