O’Neil’s arguement on education

Eng 102 project 1
4/8/1997
O’Neill’s Debate on Education
Students are not getting the Basic Knowledge needed
today due to the poor upbringing and lack of respect for the
need of education.


In O’Neills editorial his reason for this was because
the students as a whole did not want their ignorance
exposed. However, he forgot to include that teachers are
just as ignorant as the student. Give a teacher the
same test and see hoe much they remember about what they we
taught some odd number of years ago. It’s not safe to
assume that because a person can’t remember who the 31st
president was, that they don’t have the basics of gobble
history . How many teachers know the basics, if asked on
the spot.
Lets Examine another quote from O’Neill’s editorial in
his opine Charie Chaplin a classic movie star, and that
because when asked about him no one know who he was, Well ,
if the students didn’t watch old TV shows on the late
night TV channels then how would they know of Charlie?
They don’t cover a class in classic television. There fore
that question would be unfair to pit on the test. O’Neill’s
just assume that everyone is raised in the same back ground
as him. Charles Darwin did not create gravity but he did
believe in evolution. The concept that we were originated
from organs to monkeys then humans. In church we stray away
from that kind of talk “that is the devil trying to score
your mind” that’s what they would say.

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O’Neill says “I broke the rules of this time-honored
gam when I presented my English-composition students with an
86 question test the first day of class.” Know that all
students think of doing the first day of class.
Concentrating on a 86 question test is a common students
retinal. The student always for every question read it
through out and back and forward. O’Neill told the students
that the students that it wouldn’t be graded. Any time you
tell students that, automatically that means just fill it
out. As long as it get done. You can’t go by a test like
that for the simple fact that there is know evidence each
and every one gave it a true try. Sure they finished the
test but did they even read it. When students in the hall
where stopped and asked to fill out the questions stated on
the handout the results where the same. Charles Darwin
invented electricity. Christ was born around Elvis’s
birthday. The geographical part of the test was
outstandingly wrong. The samples given out were to prove
student don’t take that stuff serious. They see words with
answers. Students just want to get the test over and move
on. When the questioners were told a free candy bar ( only
5 people were ask told this.) if they could score majority
right. do you know 3 of them got 10 out of 15 questions
right. They took time and really thought about it.
Students did learn the lesson then it was taught in
school. All they had to do was stay out of trouble and not
interrupt the often students with there learning. When a
student is kick out of school and at home what are they
doing to replace to time spent out of school. They either
not at home or getting ready to leave. Their parents don’t
bother to physically correct them.They figure why bother
they probly do it again. Then the parents give up hope and
with out the parents help of confidence the student modifies
change from suicides to get by. More and more student are
just getting by they don’t bother learn to remember for
good. They remember for know. Just enough to get them
through the year then they for get every thing they where
tested on. Even if they got A’s on the test they for get
over half of it.


Your whole life your learning things that every one
says you are going to need to know that. It’s hard to
comprehend what you need to know to get by and what you need
to know. The funny thing is youth today are not getting the
knowledge they need but they are doing the best with the
know how they got to work with.


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