Graduation Speech On The Public School System Essay

944 Words Nov 10th, 2016 4 Pages
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 's throughout my time in the public school system, I still believe that grades are not a determinate of my personal worth or how successful my future will be. This point is exemplified in world application, and the Lord 's purpose for His people. While reading Alfie Kohn’s What does it mean to be well-educated? 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…

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