Quality teachers: Essential for a Good Education

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment

In general, as people we have the desire to want to become successful by achieving our goals. However, a person’s motivation in pursing their goal can be effected by their environment.  Such as, college students pursue an education to help them achieve their goals in becoming successful.  However, a teacher’s teaching approach can effect a student’s motivation in wanting to learn.

As a student I have experienced classroom environments where the teacher did not demonstrate enthusiasm towards the topic that was being taught, which did not encourage me to want to learn.  Therefore, it was very hard for me to remain focused in the class thus, my grades were negatively affected.  On the other hand, I have experienced a classroom environment where the teacher was enthusiastic about the topic, which encouraged me to want to learn.  Therefore, it was very easy for me to remain focus and retain the information being taught in the classroom.  The teacher’s enthusiasm caused me to enjoy what I was learning thus, my grades were positively affected.  In fact, I began sharing the information that I had learned with my family members.

As you can see, a teachers approach to teaching in a classroom can be motivating to a student’s ability to want to learn.  This can be accomplished through several techniques such as, hands on activities, students work on small group projects, discussions or debates on the topic, and relating everyday issues to the curriculum.

There are many strategies that can help teachers with motivating their students.  One effective way is letting students voice their opinions.  By allowing students to express themselves during class discussion can increase class participation and enhance their critical thinking skills.  Also, it can help establish a student’s sense of belonging which will help the students become comfortable with their peers and their environment.  Also, allowing students to make the decisions to certain actions can help increase the engagement of the class.  For example, allowing the students to choose their lab partners, due dates, assignments and grading scales.  However, the most effective way a teacher can motivate his or her students is relating the everyday issues to the curriculum that is being taught.  This technique creates meaning and adds value to the material which would improve their education and would motivate the student to want to learn.  Karin Kirk from Montana University states, “that connecting to the students outside lives, and adding everyday factors to the curriculum can cause students to produce interest and better focus.”

Having students more motivated to learn insure that more information will be retained due to the interest the student will develop.  According to Motivating Students to Learn, “retention levels are increased when the information presents interest to the learner.  It causes individuals to want to learn and embrace more information about the topic.  By relating everyday situations it gives students a chance to grasp the information and fully understand it which later improves test scores.  Also, it helps students understand the value and importance of the information being taught.”

If teachers would enhance their teaching strategies, which include motivating their students effectively, there would be a decrease in dropout rates.  Meaning, if students were engaged and enjoyed what they are learning, more students would excel in school, not fail.  However, when students are not enjoying or understanding what they are learning the students will become discouraged, thus more dropout rates.  According to Darling Hammond (author of The Flat World of Education) “the decrease motivation in classrooms will increase drop outs rates by 40%.”  Therefore, motivation in a classroom environment is very important.

In the world of education, many individuals will argue that teaching the basic information and practicing test taking skills is the best way to improve education.  However, motivating a student’s ability to want to learn is the best way to reach a student who wants, desires and goals are to succeed.

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Teachers pay

April 26, 2011 1 comment

When we all look back on our schooling we can always pick out that teacher who was an absolutely horrible, just didn’t care and it reflected in their teaching. This in the end hurts no one but you. If we could eliminate these teachers what would the future be? With more high quality teachers the sky is the limit.

Teachers are the largest single budget items of schools, and in my opinion teachers are the most important determinate of school quality. So then you would want the best teachers for your school. What school does not strive for that? The biggest question is how to get high quality and the best teachers in your school? The simplest answer to that question would be more money. In no way does giving a teacher more money do they teach better, but they may make a better effort to prepare to the best of there abilities, most people would be very appreciative of the increase. It opens up many other doors of opportunities. For instance with now above average salaries you would could a different tier of teachers that you would not have gotten before. The number one reason more students and especially your elite students don’t go into teaching is because you simply don’t make enough money to live the lifestyle you otherwise would with a top notch degree and job.

Another advantage to raising teacher salary is a much lower teacher turnover rate. Now with a sub stainable salary schools will not have to worry about losing their good teachers to other schools because the pay would be set at the state level. Also this would take care of the teacher shortage which is a result of the low pay. With the more money you create a higher job market along with an increasing demand. Schools now have the ability to evaluate, and analysis potential workers. Which would answer the questions of how to eliminate the not up to par teachers. Now just increasing the pay for teachers does not solve the education problem there are still flaws in this idea. Due to the now attractiveness of the teachers union now you will get “money grubbers” people who are strictly in it for money, One possible way to stop this would be to put the teachers a screaming process that would concentrate on the applicants moral’s and character this would give you a better understanding of the individual.

Opposing people have said we can not finically support more teaching funding, how do school systems pay for such an increase? Simple you raise taxes nobody likes to here that but the government makes up reasons to do it, so let’s make it mean something and affect the country future in a positive way.  This would create a better educated population which could do great things and affect our youth in a positive way. It would take an estimated 2 million dollars per state to make this work, but a required sacrifice for the greater good would have to take place. Another idea floating around would be state stimulus funds that the federal government issued to each state strictly for the use of teachers pay.

Mike Antonucci fromCaliforniaUniversitysuggested that system of bonuses for improved test scores would help improve teacher quality. This could be very effective in improving student test scores. While also giving teachers more incentivizes to make a better effort. Could also be a less financial burden on school systems has well.

One question may be how determining the pay for teachers? With the system we have now Public school teachers are paid according to a union-negotiated, one-size-fits-all, seniority-based salary schedule. This means that high-performing teachers are paid the same as mediocre or incompetent teachers. Freeing teachers from seniority-based pay scales would force schools to directly compete with each other to attract and retain good teachers. Administrators would need to provide appropriate financial rewards to teachers who excel or risk losing them to a competing school. Mediocre or incompetent teachers would be forced to improve their skills or choose another line of work. These changes would bring the teaching profession into line with other professional occupations. The way to determine a high performing teacher is simple how the students due on the Standardized test. There may be flaws in basing a salary off of one test but that’s what the State bases on how smart a student or well a school does by, so if students are graded on this test then so can the teachers. .

Very basic idea with several questions still to be answered but I truly believe it is the answer to our education problem teachers are everything when it comes to our youth and who would not like to have the smartest and brightest when it comes to teaching. In some cases simply throwing money at the problem is not the answer but in this case maybe it is.

Work Cited

(How to improve the supply of high-quality teachers/Hanushek A. Eric, Rivkin G. Steven/Brookings Papers on Education Policy © 2004 The Brookings Institution)

(Increasing teachers pay the right way/Brouillette J. Matthew/Mackinac Center for Public Policy 2000 inMidland,Michigan.)

(One yard below: 2/ Antonucci, Mike/ The Education Intelligence Agency conducts public education research, analysis and investigation.

Standardized Testing: To be or not to be that is the Question

April 26, 2011 Leave a comment


Standardized Testing, most of us have experienced it to some degree. In recent years however, standardized tests has become increasing used in the educational system. Schools have changed a lot since I have been in the secondary school system; but the debate of standardized testing is one that remains to be same. This debate comes down to one simple question “Should standardized tests be used in evaluating a student’s potential progress in post-secondary education or should we discontinue the use of our current tests for a more user friendly approach.”

Standardized tests whether it is the SAT or ACT for admission to colleges, the SSAT for private school or the GRE (Which in most states is the test that is required for admission to graduate programs) play a huge role in the admissions process. The formatting of these tests are very simple “Standardized;” the creators tried to make a test that would be the same throughout. This way the test would not give an advantage to anyone who had access to better resources, or create a disadvantage to those who come from a less funded district. Although students who go to prep schools may have other advantages, Standardized tests are generally designed so that everyone who takes them has the same opportunities to perform to the best of their abilities.

If standardized tests are designed to be neutral in the content that is covered, why do supporters of education argue that these tests should be abolished? Standardized testing tends to have a strict, uniform administration and scoring procedures, which in term ranks a significant amount of students relating them to their level of achievement in a specific area of knowledge. This procedure tends to make students feel pressured which may affect the way they score on the test.

College admissions’ testing has been around since around the early part of the 1900’s. But for the past few years, more and more researchers are bringing forth information over the use of these tests in College admissions. Due to this information that has been introduced, some colleges no longer require students to submit ACT or SAT scores and have even gone as far as to implement a test-optional policy. The debate of the use of standardized tests in college admissions continues to be an ongoing topic in the educational system.

Supporters of standardized testing, in regards to the admission process say that the SAT and ACT serve as a national standardized scale that is practical in determining how prepared students are for college level course work, also they are effective in preparing students for college, give schools an offset in grade inflation and are objective.

On the other hand there are some who argue against the use of these tests, their claim is that standardized tests use to be an effective method in determining college admissions, but are no longer effective.  Supporters of creating a new system for college preparation and admissions argue that standardized tests are biased against certain groups, add more stress in student’s lives and tend to impede assessment of more important skills. Other factors that can affect a student’s overall performance on a test are: Time, Other outside forces, lack of sleep, illness and the most common factor which is not being a test taker.

Standardized tests have made many Educators question whether or not the use of standardized testing is creating more achievement for students or causing more underachievers and even dropouts.

From my experiences with standardized testing, I feel there has to be better methods for evaluating a student’s success rate in college level course work. Testing has always been a problem for me, when applying for colleges and in my case teacher education programs, ACT and/or SAT scores are a huge factor in determining what classes you can get into. Almost everything that deals with your college education is based off of test scores, which in opinion needs to be changed.

I agree that testing is here for a reason, It is here to evaluate student progress and to monitor subjects areas that need to be improved, which give students better opportunities to help them succeed, however there are other tests available for students and schools to monitor these skills other than using standardized testing. And one person argued just that.

Richard C. Atkinson, the former president and regent of the University of California presented his proposal during the annual meeting of the American Council on Education; he argued that standardized tests might not be the most effective measure in evaluating students over-all abilities when it came down to college admissions. Although most colleges and universities today require such scores he felt that Achievement tests were a lot fairer to students because it allows them to be measured on accomplishment rather than aptitude. These tests can also be used to show areas of improvement based on student performance; Achievement tests are less likely to include cultural and socioeconomic bias and are a more appropriate method for schools because it gives very clear guidelines that are based on curricular standards set by the school. These tests also allow students to see that a college education is an option for anyone who has the determination and talent to succeed.

In conclusion I feel that using achievement tests instead of requiring students to take standardized tests would allow schools to teach more of the curriculum and move away from teaching from the tests they are required to administer. I also feel that colleges and universities should move to re-define their testing policies to reflect an optional use for Standardized test scores. This would allow schools to better reward the excellence accomplishments by students and would lessen the barriers that students face when realizing their potential.

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Edwards, N.T. “The Historical and Social Foundations of Standardized Testing . . . by by N.T. Edwards.” JALT | Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn. Yamaguchi University, 1 Mar. 2006. Web. 05 Apr. 2011. <http://jalt.org/test/edw_1.htm&gt;.

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High School Education Reform

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

It is a well-known fact that the high school education system in America is crumbling. According to the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment report, U.S ranks 17th in science, 14th in reading and 25th in mathematics. This study was done for students in the age of fifteen. Even though it is a well-known fact that the high school education system is crumbling, there is still an ongoing debate of how to fix the problem. Such debates include raising teacher’s salary, removing standardized testing and offering more specialized courses for high school students’. These are a few of the debates ongoing but the most brought up solution to the problem is raising and generalizing teacher’s salary. Raising and generalizing teacher’s salary is a solution to the crumbling education system and several people such as President Obama support this solution. This is what I suggest should be done in order to fix the education system.

In the U.S, as of 2009, the yearly median high school teacher’s salary was $52,200 with the lowest 10% earning $34,600 and the top 10% earning $82,000. These salaries, compared to other professions,are relatively low and insufficient compared to the work teachers put in and the importance of teachers to the society. Teachers are the passers of knowledge and information to younger generation, so teachers deserve more respect and higher pay.

The amount of salary high school teachers make is barely sufficient to raise a family. A friend of mine, who lives in New Mexico, has a family of four with his parents both teachers. The average teaching salary in the town where he lives in New Mexico is $41,000. His mum and dad make a total average of $82,000. This might sound like a lot of money but the calculated yearly living wage to support a family of four in the town where he lives in New Mexico is $40,261 and after paying expenses and bills, the money is barely sufficient. This is some of the problems teachers face and when a teacher cannot successfully take care of his/her family expenses, how do you suppose he/she comes to class in a good mood ready to take care and teach other kids?

Increasing teacher’s salary will increase teacher’s devotion and motivation to do their work. High school students are not fully prepared for college because some teachers don’t push students to work hard; they make school work very easy and are too lenient to the students. A suggested and backed up reason for low teacher motivation by Academic Leadership, an international organization that reviews educational problems in the U.S and other parts of the world, is low teacher salary. If teachers are paid less, they feel that they are not being paid well for their services and therefore, do not put in much effort with the students and don’t become personally involved with the students.

A better salary equals a better standard of living which equals a better attitude to life. This might sound too simplistic and general and some people might argue that there are other factors that affect ones attitude to life but we all have to admit that in the economic situation of the world now, money is a major factor that influences ones attitude to life. So, a good salary equals a happy teacher and a happy teacher equals a happy classroom. Teachers become more personal with students and play a major role in the students’ life; therefore, the students perform better. This statement is backed up by research done on CNN- Black in America Part 2by a renowned and famous journalist with a long history in education- Soledad O’Brien. The research highlighted a school in the inner city of Chicago. The school was headed by Principal Perry who was personally involved in the life of the students and he encouraged the teachers to do the same thing. Students were more open to the teachers and discussed personal issues with the teachers which the teachers helped them fix. Once personal issues were resolved, the students became more focused in their studies and all achieved good grades. This school boasts a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate.

The saying from the bible “to whom much is given much is expected” applies to high school teachers also. If teachers are paid higher, the school administration can demand more from the teachers and the teachers will be forced to work harder so as to meet the pay they receive. Higher pay will draw in more experienced and qualified teachers and teachers will work harder since the competition will be greatly increased.

Also, there has to be a generalized amount of income teachers can get i.e. there has to be an improved allocation of funds among schools. This will discourage good teachers from migrating to a community that has higher teacher pay; the ratio of good teachers will be balanced.

Opponents of raising teacher’s salary such as Kati Haycock, the president of Education Trust, might argue that teachers do not need an increase in salary instead; the government must enrich the rigor and relevance of teachers programs and ratchet up their admissions requirement. Although this argument is one of the solutions to the crumbling education system, this does not mean teachers don’t need an increase in salary because if teaching programs are made more vigorous and enriched, talented teachers will not be attracted to the teaching profession if the pay after going through such vigorous programs is low. Higher teacher salary will attract talented teachers and improve the financial status of teachers; thus increase the respect of teaching profession among other professions.

This proposed solution is only one of the many other solutions out there. Although there are so many proposed solutions, only a handful has been implemented and it is not enough. The issue of high school education quality decline needs to be resolved quickly unless U.S will face a major setback in education and high school students will become less prepared for college.

Standardized Testing: Is it really needed?

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Everybody has taken some form of standardized testing during their educational careers. You are told about this very important test and your teachers and/or professors prepare you for weeks for this one test. The tests also deal with your future educational plans. Colleges and Universities look at your scores for admission to their schools and if it’s not high enough, they won’t let you in. So you’re freaking out and preparing yourself for this test because it’s so important. I remember taking the ACT my junior year and having the feeling that your future would be ruined if you couldn’t ace this huge test. Does standardized testing really show a student’s potential? Are these tests actually helping education or making it worse?

In “Standardized Testing for Outcome Assessment: Analysis of the Education Testing Systems MBA Tests” by Robert E. Wright talks about how a certain group of top students were actually missing some of the questions that were supposed to be just basic questions. https://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?sid=7af1c70b-4ae7-481a-a66a-382447411d69%40sessionmgr104&vid=11&hid=123&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=eric&AN=EJ917208 It said that in the marketing part of the test, the top 5% of students were only getting 69% of the questions right so how are these basic questions? In this article Wright says the problem might not be the MBA students but the company that they got their tests from which was the Educational Testing Service or ETS.  He also describes how if the students and professors were evaluated with this test, then the professors are going to try really hard to make sure the students score their best. So they would just be teaching them how to take this certain type of test. They wouldn’t be focused on what’s going on in the class but making sure they do well on the test. Wright also talks about how these professors have discussed and taught these students the whole semester and then they are supposed to give a test designed by “outside experts”. This test is made up of 5 subparts which lasts about 36 minutes, but how can this test sum up what was taught the whole semester? If they are only 36 minutes each and you have this class 3 to 4 days a week for an hour, that just doesn’t seem very fair for them to judge from these test results. You also have to think of how much information that would be on these short subparts. It could be anything from that semester which would be a lot for one to study for!

Also standardized tests are supposed to be just general knowledge questions so they figured that everyone should get them correct, this is one of the reasons why people support the tests. They think that it fairly shows everyone’s general knowledge in an easy way. However, these tests are not very creative when it comes to their questions. So when students answer these questions with creative answers some will be looked at as “difficult to understand, resulting in cognitive bias” http://www.eric.ed.gov/PDFS/ED506193.pdf .  In Dodge’s essay, “Heuristics and NCLB Standardized Tests: A Convenient Lie”, he explains that these tests are considered an “availability heuristic” because they are a simple and easy way to test children. He also says that they are “over-simplified” and that they are supported because of this. I can see where he is coming from on this point because some people think outside of the box more for certain questions and if it’s not what is written to be the answer the student can get it wrong.

Many students are looked at differently from colleges and scholarships because of these test scores, but many just have test anxieties and have trouble taking the tests. Many kids today go through various forms of stressful situations that can cause them to have trouble taking these tests. These can be anything from the tests themselves to things that are happening outside of school. In the article, “Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Standardized Test- Taking Ability”, the authors discuss how stressful situations affect people’s test taking abilities. It’s not fair that everyone is judged the same when each person has different stressful situations. https://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?sid=7af1c70b-4ae7-481a-a66a-382447411d69%40sessionmgr104&vid=6&hid=123&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=eric&AN=EJ876303 There is so much pressure put onto students when they take these tests that they forget what they have learned and just go blank during the tests. Then when they get their results back they feel like they aren’t smart because they didn’t score that high. Like I stated earlier, college admissions look at these test scores to determine if the student gets accepted or not. It’s just very stressful for a student.

In conclusion, standardized testing is not helping our education. It stresses the participants out and it’s not very fair. College admissions look at these scores to determine whether the person should be admitted into their campus. This is bad for the people who have test anxieties and have trouble taking tests. It is also bad for the ones who are a bit more creative than the test itself, because their creativity may not be considered correct. All in all, these tests really don’t show one’s potential and it isn’t helping with bettering our education.

Categories: Standardized Testing

No Child Left Behind

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Education has changed drastically over the last 15 years. After the No Child Left Behind was put into effect by President George Bush the standards for schooling have been changed. The No Child Left Behind was a law that was made to make sure schools were meeting the guidelines of “proficiency”. Once this law was made many schools started to fall behind because they could not reach this so-called goal. Now lets look at it why this No Child Left Behind hasn’t been able to actually raise the standards of American Schooling. Although NCLB was put into effect to change American Schooling it actually has brought down many schools and children.

No Child Left Behind was a great promise to our public school system. It stated that all children, regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender, creed, color, or disability will have equal access to an education. Except one problem was how could NCLB really promise these things, when American schooling has not been able to make these changes in 10 years. According to “Many Children Left Behind” written by Deborah Meier, an educational reformer who writes about the issues of education, “NCLB had the right to do the right thing for our children by increasing funding for school that serve the poor; ensuring that every child would be taught by high qualified teachers; and holding schools that take  federal funds accountable for raising achievement of every student by disaggregating their achievement data“ (Meier).With these rights that NCLB they thought they could make the standards of schooling go up but little did they know it was only going to go down. This funding was going to certain schools ahead of others, and also it was going to bring the economy down with it. NCLB was a law put into place to make education better, but the more and more it tries to bring up the standards of schooling the more schools fall behind.

Another main guideline of the NCLB was that it was to make schools meet the guidelines of being proficient. NCLB just didn’t exactly define proficiency as a whole, they left up to the states to define these guidelines. NCLB stated that if a school couldn’t reach their proficiency mark then they would have so long to bring up the grades or else that school would be shut down, or even taken over by the government to fix this problem.  This was only a short fuse that would anger many schools, because you can’t just expect a school to bring up its standards in a few years when the students aren’t really going to try on these tests. My middle school made us take these tests and really nobody took this test seriously. Nobody cared if they pass this test because it didn’t affect their grade it only affects the teachers. So basically the schools were left with two decisions; give the students the answers so that they could pass the test, or they would just have to fail and not meet the proficiency guidelines and get in trouble for that by the state. In a recent news article published on March 30th, 2011 in the USA Today Education website, it talked about how a D.C. public school system was accused of tampering with the standardized tests. The answer sheets were said to be locked up in a safe room but now that it is being questioned. It talked about how the investigation on this school will continue to see if the school is guilty of cheating on the standardized tests. Here is a link to this story from USA Today. So to protect the schools most teachers would find ways to give the answers on this test without anyone finding out just so they could protect their jobs.

Mark Kaetsu writes an article No Child Left Behind which he writes, “Results have been disheartening; in California, a mere 30% have reached “reading proficiency”” (Kaetsu). Neill Monty who is an educational expert who writes for the National Journal about education, wrote about how schools matter and he brought up the study done by the National Center for Education Statistics: “The average 8-grade reading score remains below the level of achievement shown in 2002” (Monty). Also in this same study it pointed out that the African-American race is only making a gain of 1.5-2 points per year range. With this increases per year, the average African-American will not quite reach proficient in 20 years(Monty). Obviously with this slow increase these standard of proficient are out of reach for some students. NCLB seems that is only leaving students behind when it is there to help children not to be left behind. These standards need to be changed to help with these failing schools and students. When a student fails under these tests then the schools fails and is shut down, so why punish the schools that obviously need the most help in this situation. NCLB needs to change its ways a little more and help the students and schools that need it most, they don’t need to praise the schools that are reaching the goals. NCLB was put into place to raise the standards of American Education, but obviously the standards of American Education is only getting lowered over the years. There should not be a specific guideline to become proficient because not all children are the same when it comes to taking tests or learning.

No Child Left Behind was great law to start but as results show it is only leaving children behind that need the most help. Schools are having a hard time reaching these proficiency standards on this test they have to take. Students don’t truly care if their school is a failing school, it doesn’t bother a student to fail a test that doesn’t affect them. So there should be a test that affects the students and teachers as a whole. This way the students would feel the need to take the test seriously and then the results that were found would be accurate to determine what schools were doing the  actual teaching of the set curriculum instead of just teaching to the test. So now just think about it, if your child was in a failing school would you want them to shut down that school just based on one test? NCLB was made to help children but all in all is it really helping children? By the results founded it’s not helping the ones that need help the most.

Works Cited
Kaetsu, Mark. “No Child Left Behind.” A Journal of Academic Writing. Hohonu, 2004. Web. 3 April, 2011.

Meier, Deborah. Many Children Left Behind: How the No Child Left Behind Act is Damaging Our Children and Our Schools. Boston: Wilsted & Taylor Publishing Services, 2004. Google Books. Web. 3 April 2011.

Neill, Monty. “NAEP and NCLB.” Schools Matter. Blogger.com, 4 Oct. 2007. Web. 3 April 2011.

Categories: Education Reform

Computers Meet the Need

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

One major problem I see in the education system is that teachers need to teach students to their individual needs. If one student is weak in math, take extra time to help him/her don’t move on just because the majority of the class has gotten the concept. We need to stop trying to fit all students in the same mold and teach them all the same way. Automated class rooms might be the answer to everyone prayers.

Millions of students in the United States suffer from some sort of a disability, which makes it hard for them to learn in the typical classroom setting. Recently some schools have been doing research to see if technology is the key. Computer-based education can provide curriculum that is specific the help each child learn. With the computer educations and teachers can come up with a larger variety of learning activities for the student to do. Certain activities could exploit the child’s strengths and reveal the child’s weaknesses to help educators know what changes need to be made for each child.

Parents want their children to succeed, and they’ll do almost anything to ensure a proper education. Parents now days have turned to video game systems to help teach their children. This is more so true in the 4-12 years of age range. Such games as Time4Learning and LeapFrog, all have been educational top ranked games that parents are buying. It is a way to entertain and educate children through means of computers and game systems. Technologies can excite to student and make them want to learn. With gaming it makes the student available to reinforce math, reading, and other skills outside of the class room.

The technology is already available for individualized education. Most schools now days offer an online/homeschooling programs such as Ecot. For a school district to take on individualized electronic education the hardest part would be the funding so that every student would have a computer to use. The average school in the United States only has one computer for every 24 students. Proper funding would be needed. The other problem would be developing curriculum for each student. This could be done but having the student take an achievement test or periodically take quizzes that would help let the teachers know what subjects that student needs help with.

Most colleges in America have online classes that students can take. As the student goes through the curriculum and assignments, if he/she doesn’t understand something the professor can Email the student documents or information that might better explain the subject. Also with an online class the student has the ability to use the web to help with classes. Some may argue that they’re cheating by looking up answers; but I argue that in life it’s not what you know, it’s what you can research and find. Using the web or other sources isn’t cheating it using your resources.

Schools already offer (IEP) individualized education plans for students that are considered “special education” or that mat have a disabilities. The ability for educators to size up what a student needs help with is there as well as the technology. All we need to do is now convince the parents and school districts that each student should have a plan developed for just for them to meet their education needs; that way every student’s abilities will be exploited and they get the best out of their education. Individualized education plans would better prepare students for college and to join the work force. IEPs are the way to take each student out of a mold and make them unique, where they get help in subjects they are lacking in.

If schools would get outside of the box of traditional or standard education practices the students would benefit tremendously. Take what we know about individualized learning plans of children with special needs and apply it towards every child, with the combined technology of computers to make it easier on the teaching staff and the students and what you’ll have is an education system that reaches to all students with better effectiveness than previously seen through traditional standards. All that is needed is a community backed program and sufficient funding to get it started. Once the initial cost is covered it will benefit future generations as well as the present.

Work Cited

http://www.questia.com/googleScholar.qst?docId=5001403406   this source give examples of different school counselors that meet needs of different children

http://heinonline.org/HOL/LandingPage?collection=journals&handle=hein.journals/albany62&div=12&id=&page=    law students being individually taught with different styles

http://www.jstor.org/stable/1602691  ways to meet individual needs with technology

http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=2AUcXt6_uxEC&oi=fnd&pg=PR11&dq=students+individual+needs&ots=2_dCIl3Gku&sig=96fIdPKSvZ4MiqX5it4_dP6husc#v=onepage&q=students%20individual%20needs&f=false          Meeting the needs of students of all abilities

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