In O’Neills editorial his reason for this was because the students as a whole did not want their ignorance exposed. However, he forgot to include that teachers are just as ignorant as the student. Give a teacher the same test and see hoe much they remember about what they we taught some odd number of years ago. It’s not safe to assume that because a person can’t remember who the 31st president was, that they don’t have the basics of gobble history . How many teachers know the basics, if asked on the spot.
Lets Examine another quote from O’Neill’s editorial in his opine Charie Chaplin a classic movie star, and that because when asked about him no one know who he was, Well , if the students didn’t watch old TV shows on the late night TV channels then how would they know of Charlie? They don’t cover a class in classic television. There fore that question would be unfair to pit on the test. O’Neill’s just assume that everyone is raised in the same back ground as him. Charles Darwin did not create gravity but he did believe in evolution.
The concept that we were originated from organs to monkeys then humans. In church we stray away from that kind of talk “that is the devil trying to score your mind” that’s what they would say. O’Neill says “I broke the rules of this time-honored gam when I presented my English-composition students with an 86 question test the first day of class. ” Know that all students think of doing the first day of class.
Concentrating on a 86 question test is a common students retinal. The student always for every question read it through out and back and forward. O’Neill told the students that the students that it wouldn’t be graded. Any time you tell students that, automatically that means just fill it out. As long as it get done. You can’t go by a test like that for the simple fact that there is know evidence each and every one gave it a true try.
Sure they finished the test but did they even read it. When students in the hall where stopped and asked to fill out the questions stated on the handout the results where the same. Charles Darwin invented electricity. Christ was born around Elvis’s birthday. The geographical part of the test was outstandingly wrong. The samples given out were to prove student don’t take that stuff serious.
They see words with answers. Students just want to get the test over and move on. When the questioners were told a free candy bar ( only 5 people were ask told this. ) if they could score majority right.
do you know 3 of them got 10 out of 15 questions right. They took time and really thought about it. Students did learn the lesson then it was taught in school. All they had to do was stay out of trouble and not interrupt the often students with there learning. When a student is kick out of school and at home what are they doing to replace to time spent out of school.
They either not at home or getting ready to leave. Their parents don’t bother to physically correct them. They figure why bother they probly do it again. Then the parents give up hope and with out the parents help of confidence the student modifies change from suicides to get by. More and more student are just getting by they don’t bother learn to remember for good. They remember for know.
Just enough to get them through the year then they for get every thing they where tested on. Even if they got A’s on the test they for get over half of it. Your whole life your learning things that every onesays you are going to need to know that. It’s hard to comprehend what you need to know to get by and what you need to know.
The funny thing is youth today are not getting the knowledge they need but they are doing the best with the know how they got to work with.Category: English