Paper: Analysis of America's Public Education System

Randolph E. Ward, the superintendent of New York schools in 1998 stated, Because of social promotion, we have some students who are three, four, or five years below grade level. Students who are more than two years behind grade level are forty percent more likely to drop out of school. Three years increases this chance to ninety percent. Giving a student permission to move to a level beyond their capabilities is simply giving that student permission to fail. Failure is a final thing. Given that all the previous statements are true, what is the reason a teacher would choose to promote a failing student. To begin with, teachers do not want to have a fifteen year old student sitting in a seventh grade classroom full of twelve year olds. Also, many teachers consider retained students to be a classroom burden. The first priority of our schools needs to be education, this is what they exist for. Society cannot accept less than passing for any student. Social Promotion must be ended in our schools. If Americas goal is to have a society in which everyone has the opportunity reach their life goals, then America must ensure that its students reach the standards set for their benefit. Social promotion creates more problems for troubled students then it does help to them. These practices are contrary to the creed of our public education system. These practices do not promote the education of society. These practices are far more negative then positive because they create severe roadblocks in the lives of those touched by them. If social promotion does not lose support, the fundamental principles of our educational system will. Bibliography. 1. ASCA Online www.asca.org/publications/social_promotion/ 2. Social Promotion vs. Learning. www.topschools.com/retentionframe3source1.htm 3. Harvard Education Letter. www.edletter.org/past/issues/1999-jf/retention.shtml Various links found from the Whitehouse government links page including: 1....