Posted on February 27, 2019
The US education system has been getting worse and worse with every generation since the end of the cold war. In Tal’s “Back to School” and William Zinsser’s “College Pressures”, they share the problems with current real-life situations. In “College Pressures”, there are notes from students to the Yale University’s residential college dean, Carlos Hortas. All these notes show the stress and struggle students go through. In “Back to School”, James Heckman realized that the GEB test does not determine the success of the student based on their score. They continue to say that standardized testing does not reflect if the student is smart or a good student.
I was lucky enough to be able to experience two education systems, one in the US and the other in South Korea. Of course, I only went to elementary school in South Korea, but I can see that the education system in the US is way more accepting and an equal opportunity. I still have a friend in the Korean education system, and they start school around 8 am and end around 8 pm. In the US system, we can take the SAT and ACT multiple times but in the Korean System, they only have one chance to take the test. I’m not trying to say that the US system is perfect but I’m saying that it could be worse.
Personally, I believe that there is no true way to determine if someone is smart or if they really know the material. Everyone behaves differently and think differently in certain scenarios. I had a friend in high school who was smart but became anxious during tests and would over think the question and get it wrong. Of course, not everyone is like that, but I feel that we need to find a new way that creates an equal field for anyone.