What Everyone Missed On The Pineapple Question By Hollander

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Change is needed in the Education System
Why does one read books? Some people read in order to get rid of the stress and the tension from their life. On the other hand, some people read for fun, but at the end, both of them get a valuable knowledge that can be used to resolve problems. However, education system nowadays have made learning meaningless. Students are reading the books without emotions. What is the use of such reading where student don’t feel the meaning of the word and just read it because they are being tested on it. In her piece, “Learning without Feeling”, Hollander castigates the Current Common Core State Standards which are de-emphasizing literature in the English classroom. In his piece, “What Everyone Missed on the Pineapple
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Hollander argues that current educational policy is diminishing the purpose of the reading. It is stated in the quotation, “High-stakes standardized tests, in combination with the skills-based orientation of the common core state standards, are de-emphasizing literature in the English classroom.” (Hollander 2). Hollander criticizes the standardized test and says that student should not be tested on the random text, but “test need to be based on the books students read in school.” (Hollander 3). Hollander’s educational philosophy is truly valid. Students should read the book and feel it in order to understand it and create a meaning out of it which they could apply to their real life. The books are of no use if students can’t find a meaning in it. Rotherham is supporting Hollander’s argument by criticizing standardize tests, which decides the student’s future, for including laughable passage which doesn’t make any sense. Likewise Hollander, Rotherham doesn’t want to drop the standardized test, but is in favor of the tests. Rotherham states in the quotation, “The solution is not to dump standardized testing… but… to include better quality passages for students to read.” (Rotherham 3). Rotherham main target is not the test, but the testing agency who isn’t …show more content…
Hollander argues that school should give more importance selecting text that students should read in school. She argues that Current Common Core State standards focuses more on the skill student needs to learn to read and write rather than what they should read. Selecting the text according to student preference is more crucial than those skill, because those skills are of no use if the text the students read doesn’t interest them. The students should read the literature that would keep them engage with reading or piece that they would read with seriousness. Hollander states this in a quotation, “I like it when my students cry, when they read with solemnity and purpose, when the project of making meaning becomes personal.” (Hollander 1). This is completely true one should read with a ambition then and only then he/she could understand the real meaning of text. Text that student read in school should help them in future otherwise there is no purpose of such a worthless reading which doesn’t help students in any way? Rich has the same perspective as Hollander. She also opposes the university curriculum because it doesn’t include women 's courses. This is mentioned in the quotation, “One of the devastating weakness of university learning …

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