It’s Debatable: does R Factor benefit students?
For how much academic class time is being taken out of students days to learn about R Factor and the way it is presented, they are not benefiting enough from it. Students are pushed into using R Factor even when it does not always help their situation in their personal lives. Every year new ways to help student’s attitudes are introduced, and every year the ideas from years past are forgotten.
It is very hard for high schoolers to suddenly be pushed into using new ideas. Last year students were expected to focus on doing the things they were taught in R Factor right away, and did not get the needed time to adjust to using the new training. R Factor should have been introduced to the students more slowly so it would be an easier adjustment to make and be taken seriously by the students, which it currently is not.
Every year new strategies are put in place to help students, but the new ideas from years passed are just put to the side, suddenly irrelevant to the education of the students. The year before R Factor was introduced, Growth Mindset was pushed by teachers district wide to their students. It was an idea that stated instead of having a fixed mindset, where students limited themselves by not believing that could achieve more, they have a growth mindset. A growth mindset is the belief that anything could be achieved if they worked hard enough. R Factor is a very similar idea to Growth Mindset, but the latter is rarely mentioned to students anymore.
R Factor does have benefits to students. If everyone applied the training we received Darby, and the overall Hilliard City Schools community would be a better place, but very few student are using R Factor. Instead of seeing the things in R Factor that could benefit them, many students just make fun of the idea. Last year there were even a few Twitter pages dedicated to R Factor. If kids are not going to apply R Factor to their everyday lives than there is no point to take up so much class time on it.
R Factor isn’t good for students because it often causes them to fall behind in classes. In the past I have fallen behind in a class because time got taken out from that class every week to be taught about R Factor, and it wasn’t a very effective way for students to be taught. R Factor teaches students how to react to certain events but it doesn’t address how hard it is for with many things going on in their personal life at home.
R Factor should either stop being taught, or should not be taught during academic classes. The old ideas are not taught anymore and instead the whole focus is R Factor. R Factor obviously works if Urban Meyer and The Ohio State football team use it, but high schoolers do not take it seriously enough to get any benefit out of it. For all of the time and effort being put into it, the results of R Factor are not adding up.
Written by Alexa Capka
Contrary to the seemingly popular belief, R Factor training is working among the student population of Darby. When situations get heated, I have noticed that some students are taking time to step back and think about their response to that situation, and determine what they want the outcome to be. Also, whenever a change needs to be made in habits that a student has, I notice they think about what needs to be done and they apply E+R=O. I believe that it is worth taking some of the students’ class time in order to train them in the R Factor.
Many students here at Darby tend to make many decisions based on their emotions, and that can be a good and a bad thing. It can be good when they are playing sports and need that emotional drive in order to win that big game, or to finish their homework, but when you apply that same emotion to an argument? You get outcomes that they themselves possibly do not want, but because they do not step back and think about their response to the situation, it risks them getting into trouble. If that student, or students, were properly trained with the R Factor, then that outcome can be avoided and we can arrive at a much better, brighter outcome.
R Factor training can be beneficial in more ways than just helping in arguments, debates, and sports. It can be beneficial to students that are very academically involved, but may not have the best grades. If that student was not properly trained in the R Factor, then they may never end up making a goal to get their grades up, or they may never know how to realize what is wrong.
If that student is properly trained in the R Factor, then they would take a step back and apply E+R=O to the situation. E+R=O means that the event plus your response to the event is equal to the outcome, meaning how you respond to the event directly determines the outcome. Here’s an example, let’s say the event is low grades. Say that student wants their grades to be better, and get up to B’s in all classes. Their outcome is now B’s in all classes. Their response to the event, in this case, low grades, determines whether or not they will get all B’s. That student decides if they need to ask for help on certain things, or if they need to get their homework done.
The R factor is working at Darby, and it is worth losing some class time in order to be trained in this very effect mindset.
Written by Andrew Haugh