The On The American Education System Essay

1232 Words Nov 17th, 2014 5 Pages
In the American education system, students are judged from an early age whether or not they will ever reach the standards previously placed before them. The expectations for adolescence are ever growing, and after falling behind it is easy for a student to become lost in the world known as “remedial.” Once deemed as such, it becomes nearly impossible to shed said label and become, at best, average. Breaking free from previously set inadequacies and challenging the unknown world of education are goals in which anyone can accomplish. In Mike Rose’s book Lives on the Boundary, he talks about his early years being placed in a vocational course at the secondary school he attended. He describes it as “a place for those who are just not making it” (Rose, 26). Although Rose was wrongly placed, he and his family didn’t know any better. Since they were uneducated themselves, it didn’t occur that the individuals in authority could have made a mistake. Because of this error, he spent two years of his life on a track leading nowhere. Although programs like these are designed to help students, they often serve as a dead end. Rose said “Slattery, for example, combined a stern voice and weekly quizzes to try to pass along to us a skeletal outline of world history” (Rose, 26). The material that is taught in these types of classes are watered down versions of the lessons taught to the average student. Around the same point of my life, I was also placed into the remedial…

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