Learning In America Today

create a paper that addresses the problems that exist with assessing learning in America today. essay should be written in third person only and in the argumentation style. The essay must be 1000+ words. Shorter essays will lose points. Be sure to use textual references to back up your ideas and to use MLA 8 format to cite those textual references in in-text citations and a Works Cited page. Failure to do this will result in a lower grade or a possible plagiarism charge. The assignment requires the use of at least two sources outside our text. It is your responsibility to find the sources. If you are having problems, contact the librarian for help. Topic choices: In his article, “Against School,” John Taylor Gatto quotes Woodrow Wilson (28th president of the United States) who, in 1909, said, “We want one class of persons to have a liberal education, and we want another class of persons, a very much larger class, of necessity, in every society, to forgo the privileges of a liberal education and fit themselves to perform specific difficult manual tasks.” While this statement seems outwardly shocking, there is evidence that this very thing is going on today. Taking Gatto’s article as a starting point, develop an argument that this, indeed, is happening in classrooms all over America in the present day. You must include at least one other essay from our text in your discussion. Two outside sources, minimum, should also be used to create your argument. Alfie Kohn, author of “From Degrading to De-grading,” discusses the pros of eliminating our current grading system. He argues grading actually makes students dumber because it decreases individual inquiry and stresses rote learning. How does this essay relate to Brigid Schulte’s “The Case of the Purloined Paper”? Is plagiarism directly caused by our grading system? Argue for or against this idea using these two articles and at least two outside sources as the basis of your paper. Kristina Rizga, in her article “Everything You’ve Heard About Failing Schools is Wrong” takes a long hard look at how we assess schools in America today. The topic is touched upon in some of the other essays we read for this unit, although perhaps not directly. Choose one or more of those readings, along with Rizga’s, and create a paper that addresses the problems that exist with assessing learning in America today.
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