The Standardized Testing Debate

Caroline Sisson's picture

Are standardized tests a good measure of a students knowledge and learning ability? Standardized tests have been the staple of testing knowledge for years through all ages. However, are these tests actually measuring what they are supposed to, and are the results of the tests even relevant? This article weighs some of the pros and cons of standardized testing in America today like the debate on rather the tests are reliable or not. These tests provide a quick and easy way to assess a child's knowledge, but do they mean anything?

School Uniform Debate

Caroline Sisson's picture

Should students at K-12 schools be required to wear uniforms? Schools all over the country have begun to shift towards uniform requirements. How can this be beneficial to learning and how can it be harmful? Does having uniforms decrease the probability of bullying? Does having to wear a uniform encourage discipline? This article highlights some of the major pros and cons of having uniforms and why schools do it. Can wearing uniforms make a school better? 

Michigan Special Education

Ashley Gorman's picture

Michigan is one of the worst states in the country for special education. We often neglect issues considering student who may have different education needs than a traditional student. I know that in my home district my high school was the only school with a special education program. This meant that of the three high schools all of the special education students were sent to our high school. Our special education program was underfunded and over occupied, so students were often asked to help the teachers in their free hours.

The Standardized Testing Debate

Caroline Sisson's picture

Are standardized tests a good measure of a students knowledge and learning ability? Standardized tests have been the staple of testing knowledge for years through all ages. However, are these tests actually measuring what they are supposed to, and are the results of the tests even relevant? This article weighs some of the pros and cons of standardized testing in America today like the debate on rather the tests are reliable or not. These tests provide a quick and easy way to assess a child's knowledge, but do they mean anything?

School Uniform Debate

Caroline Sisson's picture

Should students at K-12 schools be required to wear uniforms? Schools all over the country have begun to shift towards uniform requirements. How can this be beneficial to learning and how can it be harmful? Does having uniforms decrease the probability of bullying? Does having to wear a uniform encourage discipline? This article highlights some of the major pros and cons of having uniforms and why schools do it. Can wearing uniforms make a school better? 

Michigan Special Education

Ashley Gorman's picture

Michigan is one of the worst states in the country for special education. We often neglect issues considering student who may have different education needs than a traditional student. I know that in my home district my high school was the only school with a special education program. This meant that of the three high schools all of the special education students were sent to our high school. Our special education program was underfunded and over occupied, so students were often asked to help the teachers in their free hours.

Property Taxes & School Funding

Alex Kubie (TC)'s picture

Within our nation exists stark discrepancies in the way in which our schools are funded. These gaps in funding occur largely because the majority of public school districts, throughout the state of Michigan and across the country, are funded by local property taxes.Therefore, areas with higher rates of poverty areas have lower home values and collect less taxes, thus preventing them from raising as much money as a place where homes are worth millions of dollars.

Class Size and Teacher Shortages

Ashley Gorman's picture

This article was pretty shocking for me to read because it is written about the school district I grew up in. I remember the problems with class sizes was an issue even when I was a student, and it continues to be an issue for schools across Michigan. I can remember during my junior year in high school the incoming freshman class was going to have three people to one locker. I also remember there being a ton of problems with scheduling because if someone wanted to make changes to their schedule, every class was at full capacity of 36 students.

Detroit Public Schools Lawsuit

Ashley Gorman's picture

Detroit has one of the worst education systems in the state and has several public schools well below average. Five of the city’s worst public schools sued the state of Michigan in 2016 to be awarded funding to fix these schools. It was estimated that it would cost $200 million, while the budget only allocated $25 million. They originally lost the case, but have decided to appeal. They expressed frustration with the fact that Grosse Pointe is located directly next to these Detroit public schools and has full access to all the amenities needed.

Online Education

Max Youtie TC's picture

Overview:

The huge advancements in technology over the past decade have led to the creation of online learning tools. More specifically, most states have their own public online "schools". Students from elementary through high school have the opportunity to take all or only a few of their classes through these online portals. These online schools offer core and diverse courses like English, Science, Guitar, and success skills for the real world. 

Laptops in the Classroom

Max Youtie TC's picture

Throughout my life in school the introduction and use of laptops in the classroom has changed dramatically. While I was in elementary and middle school, we had classes designed to specifically teach us how to use computers. When I started high school, I was allowed to use them during all of my classes. Now in college, certain teachers encourage them for note taking and others strictly ban them from the classroom entirely. 

Common arguments for the use of laptops include:

- Increase in speed and ease of note taking

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