Essay about What High School Is?

659 Words May 11th, 2011 3 Pages
English 121N4
February 22, 2011
Unit 1 Paper “What High School Is,” is a chapter from a book called Horace’s Compromise: The Dilemma of American High School, and was written by Theodore R. Sizer in 1984. Mr. Sizer starts the chapter out with a story of a typical boy named mark who is in the eleventh grade. In this story the author describes in detail how Mark spends one of his time blocked days in high school. Mr. Sizer feels it is important to analyze how Mark spends his time because he feels it is a reflection, with some degree of variation, of how most high school students spend their time in school. Mr. Sizer argues, “taking subjects” in a systematized, conveyer-belt way is what is what one does in high school (Sizer). He
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Another point that Mr. Sizer argues is that there is little demand for synthesis of subjects; they are just loosely related. He feels that two or more subjects should be tapped in order to solve a complex problem as learning opportunity. In addition, Mr. Sizer argues that schools feel that covering all the material within the subject is key, however, the material is only “supposedly covered” because many of these courses are too broad and there is just not enough time. This point is strong, which leaves little room for change or new creative ways to learn. Mr. Sizer points out that the opposition will always challenge and usually win against new creative ideas on learning with statements such as, “what may be thus forgone”, “we won’t be able to get to programming or Death of a Salesman”, and “there isn’t time” (Sizer). This kind of scheduling is too rigid and too broad, thus, making it almost impossible for any type of change.
In conclusion, Mr. Sizer does not look too fondly on our countries education system, he argues, taking subjects” in a systematized, conveyer-belt way is what is what one does in high school. He feels that this process is not related to the rhetorical goals of education; however, it is tolerated by most Americans. Lastly, Mr. Sizer argues that

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