Standardized tests

 

To begin with, a standardized test is administered and scored in a standard and consistent manner. These are usually multiple-choice tests, time-limited tests or high-stakes tests. Standardized tests are considered to be more fair in comparison with non-standardized tests. They are consistent which means that the comparison among all test takers is more reliable.

Standardized tests are a huge part of American education. Students started taking their first tests in the mid-1800s. However, the issue that is at the forefront these days is as follows: are those tests really as effective as they are supposed to be? Do they really measure students’ knowledge?

Even though test results get better every academic year, the actual knowledge is not as good as it is supposed to be. What it means is that students find it hard to cope with college or university curriculum even though it was not that difficult to get enrolled due to high test scores. What is more, lack of knowledge in a particular field creates problems in the workplace. It takes time to gain that knowledge which is why an employee may be replaced with a more experienced one. Do not hesitate to learn more about standardized tests at …

School vouchers

 

School vouchers are also called opportunity vouchers. These are state-funded scholarships with the help of which a student can attend a private school rather than a public school. The government is going to cover expenses for studying in such a way.

What it interesting to know is that such practice has first started in Vermont and Maine 140 years ago. They have ongoing programs for those students who do not have public schools in their area. Thus, the state government provides funding for such kids which allows them to study at private schools, get useful knowledge and use all those opportunities that the school offers.

Among those groups who fall under the category of voucher recipients are: low-income students, students that are currently attending chronically low performing schools, foster care students, students from military families and students with disabilities.

In the US 13 states, District of Columbia and Douglas County School District in Colorado provide the opportunity to make use of school voucher programs. This program gives the ability to gain knowledge and work towards goals. A lot of children that come from socially unprotected strata are deprived of the opportunity to study. Yet, this program allows them to do so. More useful information regarding school vouchers can be found at …

Sex education

 

It is time to start talking seriously about sex education. This issue has been avoided for so many years. Yet, it is something our children should be taught about. In such a way, they will know more, be aware of consequences as well as be more careful.

Sex education will help students dispel various myths about sex, learn more about relationships and sexual identity as well as teach how to be careful and responsible for those choices that the person has made. A lot of teens these days have absolutely no idea about contraception and birth control. One cannot tell someone what to do. Yet, one can teach someone more about sexual relationships as well as about the importance of making reasonable decisions.

Apart from that, sexual education helps to protect children and teens against sexual abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, unintended pregnancies and exploitation. What is more, all students have the right to get access to information regarding sexual education. These are those kinds of matters that affect them directly which is the reason why they should know more about it. If you want to familiarize yourself with more information regarding sex education in schools, feel free to visit …

Prayer in schools

 

The reason why the issue of prayer in school often becomes the subject of heated discussion is that it has created some kind of controversy. Are these two fields combined in any way? Or should they exist separately?

Well, religion is a part of our lives. It is so for many people which is the reason why one cannot eliminate it from school completely. Another point to consider is that not all students are religious. As a result, prayer in schools may create a lot of uncomfortable situations for those kids. What is more, being religious and going to church is a personal choice of an individual. Thus, it should not be propagated.

Apart from that, praying is a personal process. One does not often want others to look or interfere when praying. Probably, the best way to pray is at home or in a church where it is quiet and peaceful. In addition, another reason why schools should be neutral in this respect is that children who belong to different religions to go the same schools. It is absolutely inappropriate to propagate some religion to an agnostic person or to the person who has different religious beliefs. Learn more about prayer in schools here …

Plagiarism

 

Plagiarism still remains a serious issue in the academic circles. Obviously, it is forbidden. Once spotted, a student may face some quite unpleasant consequences meaning that she or he may not get the desired grade for the paper or even get no grade at all.

Having that in mind, some students still continue submitting plagiarized papers. What is more, they are aware of the fact that one can check the paper for plagiarism with the help of various programs. Probably, laziness or no time to complete the task before the deadline takes over in such situations.

What every student should remember is that each paper written and researched by him or her personally is better than a completely plagiarized one. Even if you are not quite sure whether your research is good enough, it is still worth handing in as it is your work and you have spent time trying to come up with the best you can. When your paper is properly written but plagiarized, there is a very huge chance that you will not be able to get a good grade as well as to improve your academic performance. Find out more about the consequences of plagiarism at …

No Child Left Behind

 

No Child Left Behind is an Act of Congress which is basically a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary School Act. Here is a slight insight into what this act actually means for a child.

The main point to take into account is that this act influences the following aspects: what students are taught in school, what tests they are supposed to take, teachers’ training as well as the amount of money spent on education. The idea of the law is to improve academic achievement. However, there is some heated discussion regarding whether this act is really effective. The problem with this law is that it seems to be the so-called ‘one-size-fits-all” approach which is not quite what the school needs these days. Perhaps, what it needs is diversity, innovation and the huge range of options. What is more, testing is overemphasized nowadays. Apart from that, high test results do not necessarily mean deep knowledge in the subject. Sometimes half of that is merely luck. Another point to consider is that relatively recently the law had to be a little weakened which is why it no longer guarantees to achieve those goals that have been set at the beginning. Interested in the issue of No Child Left Behind act? Go to …

Mascots (Illiniwek)

 

To begin with, a mascot can be any person, animal or an object that is believed to bring luck. It represents a group such as school, society, military unit, professional sports team or a brand name. Costume mascots are quite common. They are usually used as goodwill ambassadors.

Speaking about Chief Illiniwek in particular, he was an official mascot for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Campaign from 1926 to February 21, 2007.

Several issues have been raised regarding the image that Chief Illiniwek conveyed. To some, he is an honored symbol of the University that should definitely be preserved. Others consider him to be a race-based sports mascot. Thus, he had to go. One of reasons why Chief Illiniwek had to retire is that he was in the center of controversy. Several American Indian groups claimed that Chief Illiniwek perpetuated stereotypes regarding American Indian peoples. What is interesting is that the figure of Chief Illiniwek has been the subject of heated debate starting from the mid- 1970s. Since that time, the issue had been at the forefront. Want to learn more about mascots as well as Chief Illiniwek in particular? Do not hesitate to go to …

Literacy in America

 

Literacy has become a huge issue in the United States of America. 1 in 4 children grow up without knowing how to read. What is more, they never learned how to do it. Unfortunately, 2/3 of those students who cannot read properly by the end of 4th grade are most likely to end up on welfare or even in jail. As a result, 70% of all inmates in the United States cannot read above the level of a 4th grade.

What is more, those children who cannot read proficiently by the end of the 4th grade are more likely to drop out of school. That is the reason why it is so important to keep kids interested in reading. Starting a book club or something like that seems like a great idea. Statistic data gathered in 2013 show that Washington D. C. was the most literate city in the United States of America. It was ranked so high for the 3rd time in a row. In addition, low literacy affects healthcare as well. It costs the healthcare industry over 70 million dollars per year. More useful information on the aspect of literacy in America is available here …

Learning disabilities

 

Even though learning disabilities create a lot challenges for both parents and their children, it does not mean that they cannot be properly handled. The main point to remember is that learning disabilities affect the way in which a child perceives, understands and responds to information. As a result, studying at school is harder due to the fact that such children need a different approach and teachers cannot physically provide it. Yet, a child with learning disabilities can be successful and do well in life.

In order to help a child with learning disabilities, one should know the exact type of a learning disability, learn more about child’s strengths and weaknesses as well as try to build his or hers self-confidence. Surely, it takes a lot of time and energy but it is totally doable.

Speaking about types of learning disabilities, they are as follows: auditory processing disorder; dyscalculia; dysgraphia; dyslexia, language processing disorder; non-verbal learning activities; visual perceptual/visual motor deficit; ADHD; dyspraxia and executive functioning. No matter what type you are dealing with, keep in mind that they key to success is to find the right approach and to work towards achieving the goal. Find out more about learning disabilities at …

Intelligence tests

 

Intelligence tests have been in use for many years. They serve as a means of determining one’s intellectual potential. However, there is no guarantee that they are as reliable as they are thought to be. The thing is that these days employers pay more attention to the applicant’s personal qualities rather than the results of IQ tests. What is more, millennials are taking over the job market. What it presupposes is that they are gradually changing the workplace. As a result, the ability to be creative and innovative is more important than high IQ test results.

Another aspect to take into account is the test itself. There are lots of questions regarding the way it has been designed. The test is more about your ability to think logically rather than your intellectual abilities. Apart from that, in most cases there are a few ways of solving a problem or approaching a certain issue. The test has only one right answer while in reality there can be several. So, it means that intelligence tests will probably get less and less popular in the nearest future. More information on the issue of intelligence tests can be found here …