As a high school student myself, I find that the US public high school system is flawed because it fosters a sense of extrinsic motivation (reward-seeking behavior) by encouraging students to study hard and do well in school to graduate, go to college, and seek a high-paying job. This eliminates the pleasure to learn and adds pressure to students nationwide; as a result, school is viewed as a burden by many teenagers (in the past, school was an exclusive privilege for the upper class!). High schools enforce this limited perception of success's meaning, and this takes away from the joy for learning (intrinsic motivation). Schools should promote a love for learning and instead foster a sense of intrinsic motivation to imbue success skills (i.e. focus, passion, drive to succeed) for the long term in students as they ascend into the "real world"
Jul 21, 2018
Greetings, fellow Ambassadors, As we know, the July 2018 topic for the Roundtable Discussion is Education Funding. I recently came across this extremely informative resource about education funding. The resource explores how funding has changed over time, and provides statistical data in understanding the changes made over the local, state, and federal level in the USA. Article: http://apps.urban.org/features/education-funding-trends/ As mentioned on their website, the data they they collected "measured the progressivity of school funding as the ratio of two weighted averages of each district’s per-student revenue: (1) weights are the number of poor students; and (2) weights are the number of nonpoor students. For example, an estimate of 1.1 would imply that, on average, poor students attend districts that receive 10 percent more in per-student funding than the districts nonpoor students attend. " (source: http://apps.urban.org/features/education-funding-trends/) What do you all feel about this article and the information put forward by them? Ambassadors belonging to other nationalities, how does education funding work in your country? Could you please share your insights, or any other resources or articles you find valuable? Thank you so much for all your inputs!