English 101 Section 253
March 5, 2015
Repairing Education for Students and Teachers
Education starts as early as the age of three and continues to the university level. Many school systems throughout America and the rest of the world compete and are often rated best to worst. In Finland’s School Success and Training the next Teachers for America, both try to reform the education system, reach their target audience and use strategies to improve education, however in a contrasting manner.
As schools are being rated, the school boards tent to change and accommodate to improve their ratings. Both in Finland’s School Success and Training the next Teachers for America are trying to reform their education system. In Finland’s School Success by Anu Partanen, the teachers in Finland are required to have a Master’s degree to teach. Partanen wrote: “A master’s degree is required to enter the profession, and teacher training programs are among the most selective professional schools in the country.”(972) I believe that Finland’s requirements would be more beneficial to America if they decide to make teaching a master’s degree. The more knowledgeable the teachers are the better the education would be for the students. They would gain more knowledge and potentially raise the rating of the school and nation. Similarly, in Training the next Teachers for America by Megan Hopkins, she believes that the amount of training and experience should be extending. As she stated in her proposal: “Extend the program’s current two-year commitment to three years. Corps members will serve as residents during their first year. Then they will go on to teach on their own for at least two subsequent years” (Hopkins 894). Extending the training would benefit new teachers to get them well prepared for teaching. The more comfortable they get with the workforce the better and easier it will be to educate the students. In addition to their similarity, they differ as well. In Finland’s School Success, the author has concluded that the education system, as a whole, should be change. Partanen stated in her writing that: “As a challenge to the American way of thinking about education reform-Finland’s experience shows that it is possible to achieve excellence by focusing not on competition, but in cooperation, and not on choice, but on equity” (975). In other words, the possibility of reforming education dependent on teamwork and fairness, for all to succeed. Where as in Training the next Teachers for America, just the approach of teachers’ education should be changed. Within the first paragraph of this proposal, Hopkins discusses this from a personal experience, as to why the training and education needs to be improved. The first sentence reads: “Soon after I began my first year as a Teach for America (TFA) corps member, I realized how underprepared I felt teaching first grade.”(890) Entering the world of teaching, one must be ready to accept the challenges that come along with it, such as the students’ behavior. However, when the challenges come from within the teacher, and he or she doesn’t know how to properly organize a classroom and create a lesson plan, the training and education prior to the workforce should indeed be enhanced. For these changes to be made, the right assembly ought to be directed.
In order to persuade or inform the public about a topic, it is best to seek an appropriate audience. In Finland’s School Success, the author is trying to reach to the school board and inform them of the positive effects for changing the method of teaching across the U.S. The author quotes Pasi Sahlberg “Real winners do not compete” (Partanen 972). America is known for its competitiveness, so they want they want the prize and they give their all while competing, but they don’t give their all in training. Whereas the Finnish succeed from their attitude and determination, they train well, they play well. Therefore, the...
Cited: Partanen, Anu. “Finland’s School Success.” The Norton Field Guide To Writing With Readings. Ed. Marilyn Moller. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2013. 969-976. Print.
Hopkins, Megan. “Training The Next Teachers for America.” The Norton Field Guide To Writing With Readings. Ed. Marilyn Moller. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2013. 890-901. Print.
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