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Essay 1 An Argument of Standards As a potential educator I try to keep up with contemporary issues in education Some of the more recent issues have been methods of teaching based on Stephen Gardners multiple intelligences eg musical kinesthetic intrapersonal etc Another issue is of course President Bushs education initiative Bush wants to send kids in failing schools to different schools even private schools at the taxpayers expense When Bush was governor of Texas a similar program was initiated In fact Higher standards and high stakes tests claims a recent publication in Kappan have resulted in much higher dropout and failure ratesin Texas Gratz Yet by even stating that fact I may put myself in a contradiction I do believe whole-heartedly that standards in most states and districts are by far too low In contrast those areas with high standards implement them with no course of action and expect immediate and promising results Karl Zinsmeister I sense would agree with me on that point Zinsmeister is currently an editor for the American Enterprise Institute AEI a think-tank comprised of scholars from many different disciplines to analyze the actions of the federal government In a previous issue of the AEI publication Zinsmeister wrote an article titled 60s Rule in Public Schools The article emphasizes why the American education system is for lack of a better word failing Zinsmeister suggests that it may have to do with the current educators the sixties children He tries to point out that this current generation if you will of teachers has brought a new philosophy into the classroom Instead of focusing on the necessary material to be learned teachers focus on how sensitive the information is to the feelings and self-esteem of their students Zinsmeister claims that The real problem is that college-bound youngsters over the past two decades have not received the quality education they deserve Zinsmeister I too believe that many youth in todays America are
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