In my opinion, education is struggling to balance standardized testing, higher academic expectations and an increase of technology. Thus, there is less concern for an adequate curriculum that prepares students for their next steps after high school. In Hilliard Davidson High School, I have begun to contribute this problem to Advanced Placement classes. At the elementary level, teachers work with students on an individual basis to meet their needs, but as students enter middle school or high school there are two options for classes advanced placement (honors) or "regular" classes, and within the curriculum there is one standard the material is taught to and doesn't match the needs of the students that are too advanced for that class or are struggling. For students who struggle academically, regular classes tend to be just the right fit. For students who are exceptionally intelligent, advanced placement classes challenge the students, while also proving as the right fit for what they need to succeed. But, the majority of students fall between those two boundaries, where going the regular path would be too simple, but the advanced path would be too difficult. Unfortunately, many students begin with the advanced placement path, find it too difficult and then drop down to regular classes, where they're not challenged with what they're learning and thus aren't interested in the material. If students are in a class that is too difficult, it is likely that they will become overwhelmed and not achieve the grades they had desired. But, if students drop to the regular path they aren't going to be prepared for college. So, I believe that in order to motivate student success educators should open an opportunity for classes that either contain flexible lessons that can accommodate the needs of all students or a more classes that effectively meet the academic standard of students. Preparing students for college is NOT preparing them for the ACT, SAT, or Advanced Placement tests. Preparing students for college is helping students learn the materials that proceed college courses and effective study techniques.
Additionally, many students aren't planning to attend college, so they need more adequate career resources within the high school or district that can help them succeed, for students deserve to learn and be challenged by the english grammar skills despite their future plans. The purpose of high school should not be to prepare students for college, but rather prepare students to learn at a higher level, by constantly challenging them without overwhelming them. Many changes need to occur in our education system before we can raise academic standards, which is why I am ecstatic to be a teacher, so I can help in this cause.