Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Blanca Riera


Professor: Chris Alexander

 Young Students need to are in Fear to Failure to Change


Based on the article “In Praise of the F Word”, Mary Sherry  states failing  must be review as a way to enforce teaching in schools. Thousands of students  will  graduate just to get over school and to get diplomas which means is nothing to them. Only they will be questioned when their employers notice that those people  cannot demonstrate  what they expect  of them . The author claims this poor knowledge of grammar and writing to drugs, divorce, and other things. Mary Sherry argues that she sees many students who are angry for having sailing throughout high school which means comes back to hunt them. She says too, we justify  the bad behavior of our kids because they learned in the horrible environment where they come from. Today the young students do not put school as a priority as well as they do not value education in the same way as adult students. However, children and adults are motivated by two things, academic and economic.      

After reading this article the statement of interest that  I found was “Flunking as a regular policy has just as much merit today as it did two generations ago.” That means that we need to learn to apply the same policy that was use 20 years ago and. Students especially young people need to feel that they are in fear of failure. It can be a positive tool to motivated them to think and reflect.   This matters because today the education of our children are in declining. Teachers and parents will have to work together to teach children  the importance and value of the education because depending of their academic levels and skills they will have better opportunities to find good  jobs. I  relate to this idea because  I was one of those students of two  generations ago where policy of flunking really worked in schools.

Years ago, once students  entered the school they knew it was something serious and responsible because teachers and parents used some policies like flunking  to push students to strive academically. For students of two generations ago the education  was really important ,and once children attending schools they knew that if they did not pay attention to the class the probability to fail was very high. I remember when  I was 9 years old . I had a teacher  named Piedad. I will never forgot her because her method of teaching was a little hard. For example,9 years old kids, usually are in fourth grade where at this time all students should know the multiplication table. To those students who did not memorize it she punished them stand for 5 minutes with hands up, and repeating  the multiplication table to memorize it, and she always said  that we will fail in life if we do not study. I cannot say if that action was fear or not, but in those time it worked. Most of students who passed to the next level they really had a good grades.

In the past,18 years olds who had graduated from high school had an easy time getting  jobs, because of once they finished the school they are ready to be hire for any company. In those times high school students had the enough academic skills that any employer could see  once they performed their duties.  They  obtained those  academics  skills  because teachers were severe with them if they had not been like this they would have failed in schools. For example, My sister Lorena she got a diploma in accounting once she graduated from high school. She submitted a resume  to three companies, and the surprise was she was hired for two of them, of course before she been hired she was interview  for the three companies. she showed her knowledge.  Teachers and parents  have to work together to prepare  young people for the next step in the life.
I know that we have in different time, and people who studied 20 years ago think different than young students today, but the responsibility as a person never changed with the time. If we want that young people succeed in life we have to be more strong with them, and teachers in schools should still using the policy of flunking as a long time ago.

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