Learn about the 10 biggest problems with public schools today, both from the perspective of the administrators and the teachers Few would argue that the state of our education system has plenty of room for improvement. However, developing a plan to take schools in the right direction is easier said than done. The first challenge lies in identifying underlying problems keeping students from learning today. This challenge, in part, is due to the fact that the problems may change considerably depending on who is labeling them, whether it is students, parents, educators or lawmakers.
See other articles in PMC that cite the published article. Abstract This study explores whether the interplay of health problems and school environment predicts academic failure, an individual event with consequences for the life course, as well as for society at large.
This exploration proceeds in three steps: A series of logistic regressions reveals that self-rated health and emotional distress are both associated with greater likelihood of failing one or more classes in the next year and that absenteeism, trouble with homework, and student-teacher bonding account for much of these associations.
Associations of physical and mental health problems with academic failure vary only slightly across schools, however. We discuss the implications of these findings for both research and policy and argue that the examination of overlap among different domains of adolescent functioning can advance the sociological understanding of health, education, and social problems in general.
Academic performance, including academic failure, is often viewed in narrow terms, as an individual behavior limited to the early life course. However, academic performance has implications that play out across life stages and on multiple levels.
On the individual level, academic struggles predict short-term problem behavior and dropout, and can derail educational and occupational trajectories well into adulthood Crosnoe b ; Miller ; Rosenbaum, DeLuca, and Miller On the institutional level, academic problems among students can create disorder and undermine the general mission of schools Steinberg, Brown, and Dornbusch On the population level, widespread academic failure influences rates of fertility, mortality, marriage, and unemployment through its relation to educational attainment and the development of human capital Becker ; Mirowsky and Ross b ; Wilson Thus, what appears merely to be an aspect of the adolescent experience actually has far-reaching consequences across a variety of social phenomena.
Educational research has identified numerous family, peer, and economic factors that contribute to academic failure Schneider and Coleman ; Steinberg et al. Often lost in this inquiry, however, is consideration of physical and mental health problems for academic performance in secondary school.
The relative lack of attention to health is unfortunate given that related literatures strongly suggest the possibility that health problems disrupt academic functioning. For example, research on adult populations has shown that mental and physical health problems negatively affect work performance Dewa and Lin This study suggests that performance in the educational system—the social institution most directly equivalent to the labor force for adolescents—is also likely affected by health problems.
Moreover, small-scale epidemiological studies have found that physical and mental health problems in childhood and adolescence impair academic functioning Field, Diego, and Sanders ; Thies This study investigates the connection between health and education in adolescence with three general research goals guided by the social epidemiological framework, which considers social problems at the intersection of risk and protective factors.
First, we ask whether physical and mental health problems are risk factors for academic failure, net of other important individual and contextual correlates of both health and academic status.
Second, we explore academic factors e.
Third, we identify potential protective factors that might counterbalance the academic risk status of health problems.
Since we focus on education, our search for possible protective factors will target the characteristics of schools that serve youth with varying degrees of physical and mental health problems, using data from a nationally representative sample of American adolescents.
These three research goals have both conceptual and applied significance. These goals collectively will produce research demonstrating the value of holistic life course approaches that examine adolescent development at the intersection of multiple and overlapping domains of individual functioning, such as health and academics, in broader social contexts like schools with an eye towards the potential long-term consequences of adolescent experiences Elder Gender, Self-Perception, and Academic Problems in High School Thus, schooling is a profoundly social psychological experience, where risks and rewards are.
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The problem: Our high school students face significant challenges. has developed a High School Reform Proposal to help Proposal places top priority on high academic achieve-ment while ensuring what’s good for the students. For each student to succeed, we must focus on the learning.
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National Education Standards: Both Sides of the Debate. Academic problems can be very difficult to deal with and identifying the factors contributing to the academic problems can be complicated. Is it the student, the school, a learning disability, ADHD, emotional problems, oppositionality, a lack of academic skills, a neurological problem, or a lack of good study habits?