Teachers Opinions On School Systems Today

Written by: Mackenzie Rosa

I have always been a student of a public school systems, and I have grown opinions and questions on some factors. I have been to three different school systems in three different states, and they all seemed very different.

After doing some research, I made a Google Form and sent it to every teacher at Lee County 9th Grade Campus.

“Why do you think students say they hate school?”

A lot of responses said that the amount of work is why students say that’s. Others responses say that it is because of home environment and lack of motivation.

One teacher said, “I think that some students have never learned good study habits, which then makes academics more difficult. I also think that the way our education program has been changed by the state makes school much less friendly to students who are not traditional college-bound students. There needs to be more geared for technical/employment bound students.” This is quote is definitely aimed more towards the way the state is changing the school systems.

“Do you think parents are involved enough when it comes to their student’s academic work?”

The parents of some students definitely make an impact in their academic lives by helping out and always being their, but what about the other students who’s parents don’t care? Are they not involved enough? Here were some teachers responses:

“It seems like parents are either too involved or not at all. There are parents who take a genuine interest in their child’s education understanding that one must fail to learn. Other parents panic the moment their child fails at anything. It is failure that helps a student construct a learning process. I have had parents expect that when the student turns in a project, a passing grade is ensured. That is not always the case.”

“At the high school level, I don’t feel that parents need to be AS involved with specific academic assignments, but should certainly be involved in the education of their children. Parents could do better at holding the students accountable and instilling a work ethic in them that reflects in academics.”

“A study by the National Center of Education statistics found that 14% of U.S. schools exceed capacity. Do you think this affects the students?”

“I think the larger the student capacity, the more likely students will feel disconnected from learning and more likely to fall through the cracks unnoticed. It also takes a great deal of energy of the behalf of the teacher to maintain classroom management. It is exhausting.”

All the responses of this question were like the one above.

“Do you think there is a lack of diversity in gifted education?”

There were definitely mixed responses with this question.

One teacher said, “No, I don’t see a lack of diversity in gifted education. I think the gifted classes in our school district are very diverse.”

Another said, “Yes, but I don’t think it is a problem that educators can solve. It’s a socio-economic issue.”.

“The U.S. Education Department reports that the high school graduation rate is at an all-time high at 80%. While 80% of high school seniors receive a diploma, less than half are able to proficiently read or complete math problems. Why do you think this is happening?”

Definitely a hard hitting question.

This quote is one of a kind compared to all of the other responses:

“Why are they graduating without these skills, or why don’t they have these skills? They are graduating because they are able to do what it takes to get the credits. The lack of skills begins early in their education career, and those gaps many times do not get filled.”

The other responses went a little like this, “It has become the sole goal to have students graduate, not to learn. The pressure is on school systems, administrators and teachers to have success with students. There is no pressure on students. No one holds the student accountable like they hold teachers accountable. Again, teaching is only half of the process.”

“Do you think schools are using too much technology?”

Technology is constantly around us, even in most school systems. Right now, I am writing this article in a lab full of computers. But, does technology eventually become a bad thing?

One teacher said, “Yes, I think schools are incorporating too much technology. I agree that using technology is awesome in the classroom, but I also think that we need to eliminate cell phones and have school issued technology for the classroom. I think the excessive use of technology is leading to, and will eventually lead to, a decline in social skills, communication skills, and coping skills among students.” but, another said, “Not at all. I completely embrace the use of technology in the classroom. I wish we had more access to technology, not less.”

“Do you think end of the year or term testing is a good or bad thing?”

End of term testing is coming up quickly, and teachers and students are already getting a little nervous. All the teachers had mixed opinions.

“I think that standardized testing that was developed in Washington DC or at the state capital is a bad thing. Education should be locally managed.”

“All testing is done to provide data that we can use to drive our instruction. However, there are many days when I wish I could just teach my students what they need to know without having to worry about the stress of testing. Some testing is necessary, but what we are doing now is too much.”

“Good because it holds teachers accountable for teaching the information. Bad because it does not allow for diversity in the classroom. America is a melting pot and the more diversity there is, the better we are as a nation to make our own decisions and be independent individuals.”

“Why do you think athletics may be more important than academics to coaches and student athletes ?”

Athletics are a huge part of school systems, but some teachers are against it because it becomes a huge distraction to the athletes.

“Many student athletes strive to continue playing their respective sport at a higher level. They don’t always understand that their academics will provide them a future no matter what. Even those who do go on to be professional athletes still need to know how to effectively communicate so that they don’t sound ignorant on television.”

“Some students see athletics as their ticket out of a bad situation.”

“Do you think there is a lack of funding for school supplies?”

Out of eleven responses, eight said yes while the other three said no.

 

(Photo Credits: Lindsey Ethridge)

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