[endnoteRef:26920]Tristan Donofrio [26920: ]
June 6, 2019
Flaws of Our Education
I enjoyed my 4 years in high school, I met great people and took away great friendships and memories from it. One thing I don’t feel as if I got from school was a proper education. I spent 2 years at single goal driven school and remaining 2 at a school focused on education. Looking back, I can understand where Diane Ravitch comes from and why I was given an education to its full potential.
I lived most of my life in the town of Oak Forest. I went to grade school and 2 years of high school there. Oak Forest was for the most part known for its sports but was also very focused on its state test scores. Many class periods and electives were centered around preparing for state tests and strategies on taking them. After 2 years of being there my mom thought the best decision for our family was to move down south due to increase crime rates and better schooling. I now reside in Peotone and spent my remaining 2 years of high school there. Peotone high school really opened my eyes to how poor my education was. Looking back now I feel as if my education didn’t really matter, unlike my test scores on state tests. I was offered dozens of extracurricular activities in Peotone unlike Oak Forest which I took advantage of immediately. Instead of preparing for state tests in our free time, we took electives to help know what we wanted to do with our future and help understand life after high school.
I feel that our education should be preparing us for our future. I feel that our parents had a much different education than what we are receiving now, and I think my mom understood that in her decision to relocate. I think that Diane Ravitch says it the best, “An educated parent would not accept a school where many weeks of every school year were spent preparing for state tests” (Ravitch, P.108). Our parents were given a proper education preparing them for their future. I think that schools should focus less on State testing and more on classes to help us later in life. Peotone offered classes such as Consumer Education where I learned how to do taxes, balance a check book, and how businesses work. I feel If I stayed in Oak Forest longer my state testing scores would be better, but I would not be receiving these life tools that I got from Peotone. Our Education should be also focused our history and our government. “To be prepared to judge issues on the world scene, they need to study world history and world geography to learn about other forms of government and other ways of organizing society than the one most familiar to us” (Ravitch, P. 110). I think this quote by Diane Ravitch explains it best. I feel our history should be one of the most important parts to our education. It shows our past mistakes, how to learn from them, and how to identify future problems in our government. This is something that taking State tests will not give...