Can anyone help me come up with a thesis for this question:
how the education of your generation is better or worse than the education of your parent's generation.
What else could I add about modern day education?
Could anyone help me improve it further? I am still short on the amount of words and stumped as to what else I could add to it.
It is true that education in America's urban school districts today is worse than what it was twenty or thirty years ago. The quality of education in America, in relation to the rest of the world, is rapidly declining. America's students are falling behind their counterparts in aspects of the world such as Asia and Europe. These days, students are not taking education seriously. Part of the reason is because educators are not focusing or paying enough attention to each student on an individual basis. Faced with financial problems and overcrowding classrooms, neither schools nor teachers can afford to pay special attention to those who do not learn at the same manner as the rest of their peers.
The problem of too many students, often 30 or more, are just too much for teachers to handle. Furthermore, social behavior has become a great concern for educators. Teachers who have to spend a considerable amount of time keeping the class in line; takes away time spent on giving students instructions on how to complete the work properly. Some may argue that there needs to be a set of rules enforced, like a teacher-run court. However, even if the rules were enforced, there is no guarantee of the child's improvements in their academics.
During the 1960s and 1970s, smaller school systems, and classroom sizes were ideal. The averaging size was about 250 students. Students were able to receive an ample amount of attention from their teachers. They were actually learning the information given to them, and the quality of life after high school was promising. Today, however, the classroom sizes and amount of curriculum activities have more than tripled, and the amount of students per school has swollen to an astonishing 3200 students. Nonetheless, many academic communities are adapting to the new digital society in which we live in, and are adopting new technologies into their classrooms. The advancement in computers, particularly the internet, has made some improvements on the quality of education in America.
The new technology has decreased the amount of pressure teachers have endured for so long. It also has allowed students to have access to a larger database filled with essential information, enabling them to learn more than generations pasts could have ever conceived. However, with new technology, comes with new problems. Most educational software and computers are expensive, and schools simply do not have enough financial support to supply the computer labs with brand new computers. In order to make use out of the software, the computers must be able to link together, so that all students are able to connect and learn at the same time. At the present time, the computers are only designed for one-on-one.
Television has a similar story. Instead of contemplating on how to incorporate more technology and computers into the classroom, the television has made it easier for teachers to bring important information to all students at the same time.