The American Education System Is Flawed And Is Not The Most Effective

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There is no question that the American education system is flawed and is not the most effective to teach students a broad range of academic subjects. Students are graded on the ability to reproduce knowledge onto a piece of paper after days, weeks, or months of studying a topic. The lack of this ability results in failure to earn a passing grade in the subject matter. If the student can reproduce the desired knowledge at a highly proficient rate, they receive a rating that distinguishes them from other students. In “A Young Person’s Guide to the Grading System,” an article written by Jerry Farber, a professor of English at the University of California at San Diego, the grading system is put at fault for the flawed educational system. His radical ideas equate the current education system to “twelve years of slave work.” The extreme viewpoints and opinions of Farber are out-dated and incoherent to what the educational system is meant to do. The notion that grading someone on their ability to reproduce knowledge is depriving some students the ability to learn a subject is far-fetched and preposterous because some people are simply better at learning, displaying what they have learned, and showing academic progress.
Ferber’s article includes many open-ended questions and various viewpoints to encourage the reader to begin thinking deeply about the current grading system in this country. One of his largest points in his article is using the comparison of students to slaves.…

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