Works Cited (More to Come!)

Posted: May 17, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Works Cited


Alexie, Sherman, and Ellen Forney. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian. New York: Little, Brown, 2007. Print.

Junior (The main character) makes friends and gives perspective on the social and economic details on going through school. This applied to my project because it gave me insight on how a less-fortunate student perceives things, apart from my rather blessed life.


“Anxiety Attack.” Teen Ink. Web. 15 May 2014. <>.

The author of this poem has anxiety. She is sitting on the bus, when out of nowhere, the stress and noise of school and the bus triggers an anxiety attack. This was helpful a lot, mostly as backing evidence as to why our school system right now is both ineffective, and very dangerous to our health.


“Comments (3).” Edvoices Education Reform The Poem Comments. Web. 22 May 2014. <>.

The author of this poem is so into and devoted to his beliefs. It’s incredible. This poem could be the backbone of what I was trying to say: Our school system needs to change, or else this country’s going to crumble.


“Hey Science Teachers — Make It Fun.” Tyler DeWitt:. Web. 15 May 2014. <>.

Mr. DeWiit talks about how even though he was psyched to teach some Chemistry, his students were not. So he goes on to talk about what to do to make school more engaging, as well as just an over all more enjoyable place. This is exactly what I hope to do, as not every student is able to just sit down and learn by word-of-mouth.


“High School Students’ Health Suffers From Too Much Stress.” MindShift. Web. 27 May 2014. <;.


“How to Escape Education’s Death Valley.” Ken Robinson:. Web. 20 May 2014. <>.

Here’s a Ted Talk that talks about what’s wrong with our school system and how we can get out of it. It’s like it was made for my Capstone. This is one of those talks that I don’t need to say anything else because it’s rather self explanatory.


“Math Class Needs a Makeover.” Dan Meyer:. Web. 22 May 2014. <>.

Today’s math curriculum is teaching students to expect — and excel at — paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. Math class is one of the biggest culprits of what’s going on and what makes school not as effective or efficient.


“Membership.” The Cult(ure) of Homework. Web. 13 May 2014. <>.

This article is very clear in that the way we do homework is a combination of unnecessary, inefficient, dangerous, and just plain ridiculous. It goes back to the beginning of homework, in the 20’s and 30’s, and tells its story all the way to what it is now. This is great for my Capstone, because I know that students A) Don’t respond positively to homework, B) Don’t need homework, and C) That our belief in homework is based on an old era of war and competition.

Partanen, Anu. “What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland’s School Success.” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 29 Dec. 2011. Web. 13 May 2014. <>.

This article by Ms. Partanen states that while America does see that Finland has a great education system, there’s a lot that we ignore. This includes public/private schooling (There are no private schools in Finland), and that the economic requirements for school are very low. This goes back to the origin of my Capstone, and takes a look at other countries’ systems and how they handle school.


“Racial Discrimination Continues to Play a Part in Hiring Decisions.” Economic Policy Institute. Web. 15 May 2014. <>.

Economic Policy Institute has tons of articles having to do with jobs, school, and money. This one deals with the racial determinants in work, and it also gave them about school. The reason work is such a big deal, is because without work, how do you send your kid to school? To college? How do you support you kid so that they don’t fall into the trap and pattern that you did? I only used a graph from this site, to show the kinds of differences white children and adults and non-white people have.


Ryan, Julia. “How Much Homework Do American Kids Do?” The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 19 Sept. 2013. Web. 15 May 2014. <>.

Julia Ryan makes some great points about the health effects of excessive homework, as well as just blatently puts out how much homework many students have. And it’s way too much. As with The Cult(ure) of Homework), I used this article to show how homework affects students.


“Video Games Play May Provide Learning, Health, Social Benefits, Review Finds.” Web. 13 May 2014. <>.

This article talks about how recent studies have shown that video games actually aren’t all bad. Actually, they’re rather good for social, problem solving, and strategy skills. I used this article, as well as the TED Talk by Jane McGonigal, as proofs to why video games should be integrated into the education system to sustain creaetivity.

“What We Can Learn from Finland’s Successful School Reform.” Rss. Web. 13 May 2014. <>.

Finland didn’t always have the incredible schooling that we know now, and this article talks about that, as well as how we can do it. I used this article in my argument against large amounts of homework.

“The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life.” Jane McGonigal:. Web. 14 May 2014. <>.

Jane McGonigal talks about her experience with a severe concussion, and how she learned to cope with it. She played a game to ease her life, to give her life meaning again. She took the suffering out of the pain she was feeling. This TTalk was an incredible source of arguments to how video games are helpful in our lives, in the right amounts, obviously.


“The Struggle to Create Creativity.” The Economist. The Economist Newspaper, 28 June 1997. Web. 15   May 2014. <>.

This article goes into detail about how our current school system is great at teaching, yes, but A) isn’t great at learning, and B) isn’t great at sustaining the creativity required to go through life. I used this article as evidence of why our system needs to change soon, as it’s stealing all individuality and creativity from us.



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