The American Student
“But creativity without knowledge- a common phenomenon – is just not enough”, says Kara Miller in her article “My Lazy American Students”. She gives them credit for their creativity, yet in her eyes that’s all they have. Everyone all over the world surpasses us, American students, in education, focus, and drive in the fine lines she writes in her article. However, I would have to disagree for the most point. Our student population achieves the same standards in education as any other country.
Unfortunately sampling wasn’t in her know-how. In her article “My Lazy American Students” she clearly states she has only taken her class as a sample and basing her views upon that. Though, if you think about it, wouldn’t that make her point inaccurate? Or maybe even reflect her teaching and her ability to reach out to her own kids. ‘Then why would the foreign students get A’s and not the American students in the same exact class room?” Because American students have a different style of learning then foreign students. She must have only appealed to her foreign students.
Another view point I find to be uneasy with is her lack of understanding the difference between strengths and weaknesses. “American students simply lack the basics…18 to 24-year-olds could not find Afghanistan… “She states in the same article. If you examine it fully, you see that other countries stress the importance of geography where as America stresses the importance in politics and the fine arts. This does not mean we “lack the basics” we just simply put more time into other studies. Fine art and politics, one of our strengths, and geography is our weakness.
However I cannot deny her argument which states “We have a knowledge gap, spurred by a work-ethic gap.” Also found in “My Lazy American Students”. We learn, as American students, that the more degrees you obtain the easier to get a job. When in reality, most of us are seeking for a life time of fun, but also a life...