I read an article a couple of weeks ago on www.wnd.com entitled, "Have Children Become Unteachable" Columnist, Patrice Lewis, makes some very good points and one of them is that today students believe "nothing requires improvement except the grade". Many students don't feel they have to work harder, study more, or memorize information, they just want to be given the passing grade.
Should we really be surprised at this?
The schools give children just about everything these days - food, supplies, glasses, coats, excuses... so why wouldn't a student expect to be given grades.
Here's a case in point -
In the last couple of years, "anchor charts" have become all the rage in the public schools. Over the years, I have put up some posters and charts as reminders to students for certain rules to follow in math and reading. I believe there is a certain place for them and if not overdone or overused, can be good as a reference. That being said, anchor charts, bring a whole new dimension to coddling students.
What is an anchor chart you ask?
- Teachers "scribe" while the students brainstorm ideas of different topics.
- Chart paper (that big, obnoxious 24 x 32 inch paper) is used so all anchor charts can be put on the walls.
- Anchor charts can be "open-ended" - so teachers or students can add to them or make changes throughout the year.
- Anything that needs rules is supposed to be put on an Anchor Chart and posted. (That's a lot of anchoring!)
What do the kids have to memorize? Not a heck of a lot. What rules do they have to learn? Not many.
Instead of anchor charts being posted to help "anchor" ideas in students minds, anchor charts are keeping students down and holding them back. Here are a few examples of anchor charts that I found on the internet. Imagine a classroom filled with posters like these. It's like a kaleidoscope of information. What do I need? Where do I look? Can I even find the "anchor" I need at the time I need it?
There is so much "anchoring" going on that children rely on these charts instead of themselves - many of the charts cannot even be seen unless you are in a relatively close proximity to them. I get a headache just looking at them all.
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My favorite anchor chart by far is one that was given to me just last week about how to make an anchor chart. If it wasn't so sad, it would have been funny.
Again, it's no wonder students expect grades to be given to them, since they are given everything else. Maybe someone should make an anchor chart about that!
You can read the whole article from WND at this link - http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/have-children-become-unteachable/