Politics And Standards In English Education

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The last couple of weeks have been very interesting when it comes to understanding the subject of (English education). There seems to be so many contradictions according to the articles we have read. At times I have felt both “confused” and “frustrated” because I am just beginning to understand how overwhelming America’s education system really is. It is obvious to me, based on the readings from the past two weeks, that classroom teachers and legislators have different goals for students. I wonder if politics and standards will always get in the way of students educational experience. Students need to be able to learn how to read and write in a way that is beneficial to them. I believe there is a process of creativity and discovery …show more content…
According to the article by P.L Tomas, Standards, Standards Everywhere, “Standards- driven instruction and assessment, especially concerning reading and writing, represent an oppressive system that does more to inhibit students then empower them” (Thomas, 2009, p. 64). If this is the case, why do we put so much emphasis on them instead of the students we serve in our classrooms? The process of understanding each individual that comes in and out of our classroom should be more of a priority than the standards we are being forced to teach. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate how standards can influence good teaching, but I am not for them overshadowing the students that I have in my classroom. I truly believe that standards can be beneficial in the English classroom, but I don’t believe they should overshadow the most important thing in the classroom: students. As educators, we need to be thinking about the authentic experience that reading and writing has to offer. It is important that “students read for understanding and pleasure------ the two aspects of reading that are authentic because they serve humans well throughout life.” (Thomas, 2009, p.

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