Education and Slave Boy

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In this world, everyone plays different roles. Parents play the role of upbringing and education of their children. While teachers teach students to be knowledgeable and adapt skills and academics, so that students will be success in the future. Therefore, the question is how teachers educate student. In the article” Confusing Harder with Better”, John Dewey points out that having hard assignments is not the only important thing to judges the benefit from the students. Having difficult assignment is not only black and white, but many shades of gray. I believe that having hard task is good way for students to practice at home; however, some students get more benefit from other activity or attitude. Self-esteem is one way to be successes other than hard assignment. In this essay, “Grade and Self-Esteem”, Randy Moore argues that the major reason for students’ failures is that teachers more care about students’ self- esteem other than academic performance. He points out that teachers tends to lowers their standards so that all students can meet them and also teachers can avoid feeling bad about students get failed grades. In addition, the author states that this self-esteem lets education to grade inflation and students are lack of important skills because teachers lowers their grading standard. I agree with author at these points. However, self-esteem plays an indispensable factor in students’ learning and studying as well. From my personal experience, self-esteem is an important element to success in my school life rather than having hard assignment. For example, I withdrew from Accounting 301 (the basic Accounting major course) on my first semester at SFSU because of the lack of self-esteem. We were having all the difficult and challenge assignment after every Accounting class. I spend so much time studying that I don’t have a change to learn anything else. So that the pressure to get good grades from all of my courses that I was taking which diminished my...
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