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The Importance of Teacher Tenure in Public Schools - Most would ask, "What exactly is teacher tenure?". Well, in short teacher tenure is a permanent job contract for school teachers. Teachers can earn tenure by proving their teaching skills over a specific number of years while working at the same school. In most cases the number of years a teacher must work at the same school is anywhere from two to seven years. After receiving tenure a teacher cannot lose his or her job without just cause, for example obvious incompetence or severe misconduct. Tenure offers job security to teachers that have successfully completed their probational period of teaching....   [tags: education, teachers] 629 words
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The Special Education Program in the Public Schools - Abstract This paper provides information of the Special Education Program in the Public Schools. It analyzes the life of a child with disability and their educators. It also analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of the Special Education Program. Individuals who are not aware of the special education, or have a child in special education, will find this paper quite informative. It allows individuals to determine who are interested in the program, who qualifies, who does not qualify, how to get into the program, and what the special education is about....   [tags: learning disabilities, special needs]
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Teaching Religion and Science In Public Schools - ... The mentioning of a higher being can become various law suits for the schools. Muslims might differ with other religions, because they believe that the only creator is Allah. In Hinduism, the creator is Brahman. For example, if one started talking about God in a Catholic view and explain how he is the one who created everything because he is perfection; then is that not values and beliefs. Humans are believed to have been created because of Adam and Eve, and how their sins made paradise for everyone to be beside God disappear....   [tags: Religion vs Science Essays]
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Teacher Tenure in American Public Schools - ... “Judicial tenure is held by federal court judges… Briefly stated, the argument is that for judges to make impartial judgments, they must feel free to make them on the basis of evidence, the arguments, and their best insights. If they could be fired of making unpopular judgments or if they had to worry about whether members of the executive branch of government liked or if not like their decisions, they would not be as free to render impartial decisions as otherwise.” In this case, tenure is fundamental to the function of the judiciary....   [tags: teaching, education, bad teachers, job climate]
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Teaching Racial Identity in Public Schools - ... We can come to this better understanding with racial identity development. Racial identity development involves different steps to having a better understanding of your race and other races as well. This development is broken down into two different programs based on race (the majority and minorities). Each group goes through a different process based on the struggles or issues they faced. We will be focusing on the development for the majority (Caucasians). This racial identity development for the majority is broken into 6 stages....   [tags: Racial Identity Essays]
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Mandatory Public School Uniforms are a Good Thing - Nowadays, we see many teenagers dress in spaghetti-strap tank tops, low-cut shirts, drop pants, pajamas, and even spandex shorts in school even though there have been policies about dress codes. Teachers, parents, and other adults feel disgruntled about the way they dress. Many students also complain about difficulties in concentrating on schoolwork because of the same reason. Obviously, what students wear to school has become a very distracting issue in the school environment. Therefore, school uniforms should be required in public schools due to many reasons....   [tags: dress code, public schools, argument]
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Problems with Public Schools - Problems with Public Schools In order to fully understand the issue of school vouchers, we must examine first the current situation in public schools and identify the problems. Then, we must look at the effect vouchers will have on these problems. Finally, we must discuss the objections to vouchers leveled by their main political opponents. In order to examine the potential benefits of school choice, we must first look to the current situation in American education. Public schools today are in a state of crisis, while access to private schools is diminished because the private schools cannot adequately sell what some are giving away for free....   [tags: School Education Academics Teaching Essays]
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No Prayer in the Public Schools - No Prayer in the Public Schools       Over the past three decades, the issue of the role of prayer in the public school system has become increasingly controversial. The current debate juggles the opposing interpretations of the exact intentions of America's Founders, who came from an other country, England, in pursuite of expanded freedoms. The first colonists in the 17th century especially desired religious freedom, because their former British government forced them all to learn and practice a centralized religion....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Religion School Prayer]
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Narrowly Escaping Calamity: Public Education - Since the establishment of public educational institutions, there have been those, the heroes of our society, who have learned to avoid it or escape it entirely. Throughout the years, passing generations of these idolized fugitives have polished various methods of evasion almost to perfection, beginning of course, with those who idolized the heroes of Americas war and post-war era. Hogan’s Heroes and war films such as the Great Escape that glorified mischief in prison like conditions spawned the true creativity and the art of such activities....   [tags: public schools, schooling] 735 words
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Public Schools in America - Public Schools in America To respond to the statement made by Kozol regarding the nature of public school in America, one must consider the question of what exactly education is for in this country; what is it's purpose. I believe that education is used to produce what Kozol refers to as "good citizens:" "defeated, unprovocative" people that will fill the necessary jobs, pay the necessary taxes, and perform all the other duties put forth by the government such as voting and jury duty. This is why the situation in America's public schools has not changed since the time Kozol wrote The Night Is Dark..., and why things will probably not change without a revolution within the public school system....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays Education] 681 words
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Creationism in Public Schools - Creationism in Public Schools Teaching Creationism in Schools The question as to whether or not creationism should be taught in public schools is a very emotional and complex question. It can be looked at from several different angles, its validity being one of them. Despite the lack of evidence to support the fundamentalist idea of creationism, that in itself is not enough to warrant its exclusion from the curriculum of public schools in the United States. The question is far more involved and complex....   [tags: Teaching Education] 1423 words
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Religion and Prayer in Public Schools - Religion in Public Schools   The practice of religion has been a major factor in American culture for centuries. The religion clause of the First Amendment, which states "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," was developed to preserve the freedom of religion (Haynes 2). The religion clause was designed to protect religion from the control of the government, but, consequently, it restricts the expression of religion in public institutions such as public schools....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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The Importance of Uniforms in Public Schools - The Importance of Uniforms in Public Schools Abstract: For a while, dress codes have been implemented in private and parochial schools across the county. It wasn't until more recent that the issue was brought to discussion about a dress code in public schools. Uniforms serve a purpose to the schools that are adapting the change in attire. The uniform dress code has helped make private and parochial schools more prestigious for their organization and the results of it. Uniforms would be beneficial to the public school system because a lot of what the public school system is known for would be stopped because of the newly executed dress code....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Education Essays]
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NASA vs. Public Schools - NASA vs. Public Schools Dozens of cupcakes arrive at Cape Canaveral, baked and iced by astronauts and their spouses. The heads of NASA believe this fundraiser will save the space program for the next year. After all, if everyone who cares about the future of the last frontier buys a cupcake, we can save the funding of the space program. Yeah, right. Sadly, our country spends 13.5 billion dollars on space exploration but can't find enough funding for our public schools. (http://www.hq.nasa.gov/congress/budget1.html) The United States is the richest nation on our planet....   [tags: Exploratory Essays Research Papers]
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Teaching Morals in Public Schools - A fellow citizen is irked by the kids who tramp down the grass as they cut across the lawn of her family's new home. She gets even more steamed when she fears chastising those teenage trespassers, because trouble may ensue. She also fumes over a kid punching loaves of bread in the supermarket and over his mother spewing expletives when a stranger suggests he stop (Healy). Something has gone very wrong to cause such a poor appearance in the character of today's youth. Teaching morals in public school could only result in the betterment of our society....   [tags: Education Reform Essays]
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Parents for Public Schools - Parents for Public Schools Today, the push for more accountability of student performance changed how assessment will be measured and judged in public schools. Not only will students be assessed through test scores, but also through attendance, school work, and observations. Parents hold the schools responsible for the advancement of their students’ knowledge. Different tests are given to measure their intelligence level which is either used to compare one student to another or measure their performance based on a pre-existing body of knowledge....   [tags: essays research papers] 606 words
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Supporting Prayer in Public Schools - “Our Father…” Denied For centuries, the debate has existed whether or not to allow prayer in public schools. Many Americans feel it is not right of the schools to teach religion. With all the diversity associated with the United States, public schools cannot select one standard religion to practice, due to the cultural and religious differences in the country. Not only are schools the storm center of controversy involving religious differences, they are the principal institution charged with transmitting the identity and mission of the United States from one generation to the next....   [tags: Religion]
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Mandatory Uniforms in Public Schools - Mandatory Uniforms in Public Schools Do you want equality among students in your child's school. Do you want less violence within your child's school. Would you like your daughter to concentrate more on her schoolwork and less on what name brand jeans she is wearing. All this is possible with mandatory uniform policies in public school districts. School uniforms may seem outdated for some people, but in many cases they can improve school spirit, attendance and student behavior. According to The Humanist magazine, former President Bill Clinton's 1996 State of the Union Address called for all 16,000 school districts in the country to adopt a uniform policy....   [tags: Papers Argumentative] 2531 words
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Creationism and Public Schools - Creationism and Public Schools The issue of whether creationism should be taught in public schools, rather than evolution, is a new one. It has only been in the past fifty years that it has even been in debate. Public school science classes, when discussing the origins of life on Earth, coincided with Sunday school classes. Students learned that the Earth, universe and everything else was created in seven days, by God, as stated in the Old Testament. It was not until recently with the rise of scientific reason and equal rights organizations did these teachings become questioned....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Juvenile Violence in Public Schools - The starting point of violence takes place in communities and at home--not at school. Youth take what they hear and see at home and in their communities to school. The environment in some communities and households are positive and the presences of protective factors outweigh the high risk factors. However, there are communities and households where there is a lack of informal social control and high risk factors exist more than protective factors--, which affect youth in a negative manner. A sudden increase of youth violence in public schools in early 1990 has caused many to raise concerns about violent behaviors in schools....   [tags: Sociology] 1354 words
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Bilingual Education in Public Schools - Bilingual Education in Public Schools For the past thirty years in the State of California, bilingual education has been undertaken by all the public schools of the state. Under such system, children of non-American ethnic have had a special treatment in their early academic career. Children of minority groups have been thought various subjects in their native tongues. Such subjects are Math, History and some Science classes. The bilingual program presented the student a scholastic curriculum that simultaneously instructed students all the required classes while teaching them the English language....   [tags: Bilingual Language Education Essays] 3734 words
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Violence in Public Schools - Violence in Public Schools The word violence is defined as, “an intense, turbulent or furious and often destructive action, force or exertion of physical strength so as to injure or abuse” (Webster 1316). Associating that term with the safety of our children within a public school setting will bring about an immediate reaction to discover what is root of the problem and what, as a society, can we do to prevent this behavior in the future. Violence in public schools is a growing concern for parents, teachers, faculty and the students themselves; therefore, becoming aware of a child’s temperament and aggressive conduct is vital in the prevention of violent behavior in the public school system....   [tags: Teaching Education]
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Teaching of Morals in Public Schools - From the age of five until the time they graduate in their eighteenth year the children of America are compelled to attend school. Everyone agrees that we need compulsory education, but no one really agrees why our children need it. Some, like Jonathan Kozol, feel that the purpose of education is to turn a child into a good person through a series of moral and ethical lessons. The other school of thought is that school is a place for a general education of facts and figures and that morals have no business in the classroom....   [tags: Free Essays Online] 611 words
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Censorship in Public Schools - because he thinks they might contain "obscenities or offensive sexual references" (Berger 59). -A Vermont high school librarian is forced to resign because she fought the school board's decision to remove Richard Price's The Wanderers, and to "restrict" the use of Stephen King's Carrie and Patrick Mann's Dog Day Afternoon (Jones 33). -An Indiana school board takes action that leads to the burning of many copies of a textbook that deals with drugs and the sexual behavior of teenagers (Berger 61)....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Inclusion in Our Public Schools - Retard, mentally handicapped, mentally disabled, special, mentally challenged, these are just a few of the names we have all heard in reference to individuals who have disabilities. Despite the ongoing war against what to call these people, an even bigger war wages upon the notion of letting these children into normal classes or not. The war over total inclusion has been on the front line for well over forty years, and no end is in sight. The definition of inclusion is stated by Robert Fieldman and Pearson Education as the integration of all students, even those with the most severe disabilities, into regular classrooms and all other aspects of school and community life....   [tags: Current Events] 632 words
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Private Schools vs. Public Schools - Would you change your school. Would you go to a private school instead of a public school. Or to a public school instead of a private school. Private and public education is different in many ways such as their performance, enrollment, and the overall education taught but yet they have somewhat similar teachers.      Students’ performance in public and private schools differ a lot. Private schools often have better grades and test scores. It is proven that kids who go to a public school and attend a private school perform better (Williams 17)....   [tags: School Reform, Education Reform] 1169 words
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Public Prayer in Schools - The First Amendment of the United States Constitution stops the government from establishing a religion (Guidance). It does so with the Establishment Clause which states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” (PBS). It also protects 1religious beliefs and practices from the government (Guidance). It does this with the Free Exercise Clause which continues with, “or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” (PBS). Together these two clauses create the separation of church and state (PBS)....   [tags: U.S. Law]
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Private Schools vs. Public Schools - Sending your child/children to school is a decision every parent/family has to make. Choosing where to send your child is a different story though. No matter where you live, there is always a public school in the area that your child can attend and you have no annual fee. Public schools are paid for with taxes that every citizen has to pay. Private schools on the other hand have an annual fee that can range up to around $20,000 per year. Paying for private schooling is almost like paying for college tuition....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparing Essays] 1526 words
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Comparing Public Schools and Private Schools - Public School vs. Private School There have been many discrepancies between the values of a public school as opposed to a private school. Advocates of private school argue that the education received in one of these facilities is more valuable and rewarding than any other educational opportunity. On the other hand, supporters of public schools feel that the students are better-rounded, both scholastically and worldly, when in public schools. As a public school graduate, I feel that I have been exposed to all types of diversity and situations that have made me better adapted for the real world....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison] 975 words
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Home Schools V.S. Public Schools - Home Schools V.S. Public Schools How would your life be different if you were home schooled. Perhaps you were. If not though, do you think that you would be on the same academic path that you are on now. In the case of Evenstar Perez, it made her life very different. Evenstar started out going to a public school from first grade through fifth, but it wasn’t until she entered into sixth grade that she began to be home schooled. Evenstar mentioned, “At first the transition was difficult because I was so used to the public schools system of doing things, but later I became better adapted.” When asked what advantages she felt she gained from her home school experience, Evenstar replied, “A lot.” She then went on to explain how she got ahead of students her age at public schools; “I got way ahead in my math classes....   [tags: Education Learning Papers]
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Sex Education in American Schools - Sex Education in Schools (Missing works cited) Every year in America, one million teen girls become pregnant and at least three million teens become infected with an STD (Donovan, 1). Though these numbers slightly fluctuate, problems facing American adolescents today, like HIV/AIDS, other STD’s, and teen pregnancy. This means that some needs to change. These problems will decline when sex education is revamped everywhere in America, by making the curriculum completely comprehensive in addressing problems facing adolescents today such as teen pregnancy, STD’s, rape, pressures and emotions dealing with sex, and give teens good communication skills....   [tags: America Public Schools Sexuality Teenagers] 3373 words
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Teaching Morals and Values in the Public Education System - Teaching Morals and Values in the Public Education System "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost, to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"1 These words are, of course, inscribed in bronze at the base of the greatest symbol of American freedom, the Statue if Liberty. These words were also a call to the entire world, exclaiming how our nation of freedom wants to take in all of the earth’s downtrodden and oppressed people so they may live a life of liberty, and follow any beliefs they choose without persecution....   [tags: Religion in Public Schools] 1020 words
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The Public Schools' Right to Search and Seizure - ... The law differs from state to state as the 4th amendment has been modified to meet public school safety. Legislatures decided that there needs to be some modification of the level of suspicion of illegal activity needed to justify a search. They also decided that there's a need for a balanced between the students and the school setting. The 4th amendment has been modified from where you need probable cause and a warrant to be searched or seized. To the point where school officials only needs suspicion that a crime has been committed, or a reasonable cause that is believed to be enough reason to search the locker and to keep the schools disciplinary system running....   [tags: Argumentative, Persuasive Essay]
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Should Creationism be taught in Public Schools? - Teaching Creationism or Intelligent Design to our youth can be done in a way that is neither opinion based nor completely fact based, but may hold some risk of personal interpretation. The first thing needed to be considered is how can children of the middle school age range grasp such a deep subject and have the capacity to reach their own conclusion. Information found regarding the development of children in this developmental range was found in the book titled "Characteristics of Middle Grade Students,” Caught in the Middle by the Sacramento Department of Education....   [tags: Scientific Theory ]
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Will School Vouchers Improve Public Schools? - It is a growing debate in an area that American society cannot afford to ignore, as the discussion on voucher schools directly affects our youth, the very foundation of our country. Many cities across the United States have proposed school voucher programs in an effort to improve the education of inner-city children that come from low-income families. However, with this proposition arises certain questions that cannot be avoided. Although proponents of school vouchers argue differently, challengers of the system expressly state that the taxpayer-funded voucher system infringes upon our First Amendment rights....   [tags: School Choice Essays]
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The Importance of Improving Public Education - Compromises are what this country, the United States of America, was founded upon. Every decision made is done by compromise. This includes all the laws that are passed, and more specifically the “No Child Left Behind Act.” The No Child Left Behind Act was not the first law passed to affect the nation’s educational systems, nor will it be the last. There have been several problems laid out with the various educational systems put into place, and there are many things we could do today to better our educational systems in the future....   [tags: public schools, NCLB, education reform]
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The Poor Standard of Education in Nigerian Public Schools - Nigeria is a country blessed with a lot of mineral resources in abundance. In addition, it is one of the richest nations in the world. Notwithstanding, a visit to a handful of some public schools in both rural and urban areas surely leaves many questions in your mind. One would ponder: are these really schools or abandoned historical ruins. The level of infrastructural dilapidation is so appalling, the quality of learning is pitiable, and of course, the standard of education offered is disgraceful....   [tags: Education ] 1234 words
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Public Schools Should Use the Montessori Teaching Method - ... Making the individuals to think independently would teach the children how to plan according to the work given, organizational skills, and time management for the assignment (Howell 14). All of these skills would make a better connection from the student to the environment which is what Montessori preferred. Maria Montessori wanted the students to be the controllers of their own environment. Today in public schools the environment is not very comfortable, the schools are in a shortage of teachers for the amount of children that are in each class....   [tags: Montessori Teaching Methods]
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Outsourcing Information Technology at Dayton Public Schools - Outsourcing Information Technology at Dayton Public Schools Cincinnati Bell Technology Solutions (CBTS) has engaged with the Dayton Public School District to provide Managed Information Technology Services (MITS) to the staff and students. CBTS has been a partner of DPS since June of 2000. The existing contract, initiated on May 8, 2005, is a seven year contract. The program is just ending the first two-year option or year five. Sharing the DPS vision has forged a partnership that we value and look forward to continuing....   [tags: Marketing]
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Public Schools Need Successful ESL Programs - Because America is such a diverse country, public schools are faced with the challenge of providing students from all over the world with a quality education. As Chen points out “public schools have embraced the linguistic challenge presented by immigrant students” (¶1). Then, No Child Left Behind law was approved, and it required every public school should have an English Secondary Language (ESL) program that will provide the “academic support” for English Language Learners (ELLs). ELL parents are happy that their children are getting education help from the school, but it has raised the question of how successful are the ESL programs....   [tags: teaching, english language, foreign, ELL]
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Should Intelligent Design be Taught in Public Schools? - In 1859, Charles Darwin published his groundbreaking Origin of Species, which would introduce the seminal theory of evolution to the scientific community. Over 150 years later, the majority of scientists have come to a consensus in agreement with this theory, citing evidence in newer scientific research. In an average high school biology classroom, one may imagine an instructor that has devoted much of his life to science and a predominantly Christian class of about twenty-five students. On the topic of evolution, one of the students might ask, “Why would God have taken the long route by creating us through billion years of evolution?” while another student may claim “The Book of Genesis clearly says that the earth along with all living creatures was created in just six days, and Biblical dating has proven that the earth is only 6000 years old.” Finally a third student interjects with the remark “maybe the Bible really is just a book, and besides, science has basically already proven that evolution happened, and is continuing to happen as we speak.” A secular country like our own does and should treat each argument as valid....   [tags: Religion]
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Evolution vs. Intelligent Design in Public Schools - ... In a study done across the U.S, 44% of Americans believed that a higher being or God created the universe in a short amount of time. 36% of people felt that the earth was formed over millions of years, but still directed by God or higher intelligence. Only 14% believed that the earth and humans formed over billions of years without any higher being involved. The last 5% of people had no opinion on the topic. Another poll was taken in 2005 where 63% of respondents thought it was tolerable to teach evolution in school....   [tags: Religion, Science, Darwin]
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Abstinence-Only Based Curricula in Public Schools - The foundation of the abstinence-only policy was laid in 1981 under President Regan when the United States Congress passed the Adolescent Family Life Act (AFLA) administered by the Office of Adolescent Pregnancy Programs (OAPP) (Denny, 2006). The main purpose of this this proposal was to keep sexual relationships until marriage (Weaver, 2005). The AFLA became founded on the belief of funding and developing abstinence-only based curricula in public schools throughout the United States (Weaver, 2005)....   [tags: Sex Education] 2169 words
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The Effectiveness of Private School Vouchers - ... In New Orleans, Louisiana in 2008 there were many mixed emotions regarding vouchers being issued. Many people were in favor of a ten million dollars proposal that would allow over one thousand students to attend various private schools if there were currently enrolled in a public school with low scores (Robelen). However, many others felt as if the public school system was just starting to become strong again following Hurricane Katrina and that giving money to private schools would hurt the public school system and make it seems as if they were not doing a good job (Robelen)....   [tags: public schools, private schools]
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No Religion or School Prayer in Public Schools - No Religion or Prayer in Public Schools      The separation of the church and the state has been debated since the birth of this nation. In 1789 when the Constitution was adopted, the separation of church and state issue focused on preventing a government mandated religion (Davis 245). The framers of the Constitution knew first hand the harmful consequences of a government that has complete control over religion. Protecting the religious freedoms of the various religions seeking refuge in America also raised great concern....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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Vouchers Are Not the Solution for Improving Public Schools - Vouchers Are Not the Solution for Improving Public Schools Missing Works Cited “Vouchers lead us away from the basic American tradition of a free, quality public education for every student and undermine the kind of comprehensive, systemic school reform that is working […]” (Tirozzi, 1997). This quote taken from Gerald Tirozzi, the assistant U.S. secretary of education for elementary and secondary education, sums up the issue of vouchers. Milton Friedman, a free-market theorist, introduced vouchers, which funnel public funds to private schools, more than forty years ago (Resnick, 1998)....   [tags: essays papers] 1700 words
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Prevent Coercive Prayer In Public Schools - Prevent Coercive Prayer in Public Schools The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America reads: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." This amendment, commonly called the Establishment Clause, forms the foundation of the right of every American to practice their chosen religion freely and without the interference of the government. In 1947, the Supreme Court issued a statement emphasizing the separation of school and state based on this amendment....   [tags: essays research papers] 1403 words
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Music Education in our Public Schools - Music Education in our Public Schools Music Education is no doubt a necessity to the students of today. Music plays a major role in everyone’s daily life. Music is listened to while driving in the car, when eating in restaurants, relaxing at home, and even when on hold to a company’s overloaded phone system. Music is everywhere you turn, and it should be one of the main subjects to be studied in our public school systems. Public schools in America need to understand that the funding and continued study of music is just as important as the funding for math or science to produce a well rounded graduate....   [tags: Music Art Educational Essays]
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The Issue of Teaching Creationism in Public Schools - The Issue of Teaching Creationism in Public Schools Introduction The issue of teaching creationism in the public schools has long been debated. Over the years, many different arguments have been made. First, creationists tried to have the teaching of evolution outlawed. This issue went to the Supreme Court in 1968, where in Epperson v. Arkansas the high court ruled against banning the teaching of evolution. Soon after this decision, creationists began to call for 'equal time', or the equal treatment of creation theory and evolution theory....   [tags: Creationism Education Religion Religious Essays]
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America Needs Prayer in the Public Schools - America Needs Prayer in the Public Schools Education is a very valuable thing. It gives us knowledge and understanding of the world we are to someday face on our own. Yet education is always a seriously debated issue. What should be taught. What shouldn't be taught. How should we teach it. For example the issue of whether or not God should be allowed to be taught in schools is a fiercely argued subject. In an article taken from the Waukesha freeman on December 5, 1999, a public school teacher had been fired and faces up to 6 months in prison all because a little child asked him how the world got here and he replied "God put it here"....   [tags: essays papers] 449 words
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What Parents Look at When Choosing a Public/Private School - What Parents Look at When Choosing a Public/Private School Education is an institution that parents want to control as a way to insure/provide their children with the best education possible. Parent control/choice has slowly regressed from the colonial era where they could choose not only the school their child attended but also the textbooks used and the curriculum taught (McDonald 2001). Parents still obtain the right to choose the school that best tailors their child’s special uniqueness and educational needs, but due to social diversities and expansions parents have many factors that they now must take into consideration before choosing the best kind of school for their child (Russell 2001)....   [tags: Private Schools vs. Public Schools]
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Sex Education: A Necessity in Public Schools - Sex Education: A Necessity in Public Schools Today Alice was a normal sixteen year old; she loved school, her family and her boyfriend. She was having a blast during her Junior year, until the day she found out about the "accident". Alice and her boyfriend ,Brad, had been together for over two years, and they planned to get married. Both of them felt they were ready to have sex. However, neither of them knew anything about birth control or the dangers of having unprotected sex. What they knew about sex they had learned from watching television and from what their friends had told them....   [tags: Sex Education Essays] 1110 words
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Creationism Has No Place in Public Schools - Creationism Has No Place in Public Schools In society there are many diverse issues that raise intense controversy. An ongoing conflict has been on what to tech the children in public schools about human creation. Many religious leaders and churchgoers would like to have the biblical theory of creation taught to the children in place of the scientific theory of evolution. This idea violates the first amendment, would be almost impossible to implement, and will inhibit any further expansion of children’s minds....   [tags: Papers] 514 words
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The Controversy Over Religion in Public Schools - The Controversy Over Religion in Schools "God help, I'm so lost!" If you listen carefully, this is a common thought that is heard throughout many schools in the nation. Is this thought appropriate. The following statement clearly shows that the law allows students and adults to practice religion, but at the same time be respective of others and their beliefs even if they do believe or if they don't. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, or to petition the government for a redress of grievances." (First Amendment, The Constitution of the United States)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Essays]
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The Development of the Freedom of Religion in Public Schools - The Development of the Freedom of Religion in Public Schools President Jefferson had written that the freedom of religion clause in the Constitution was aimed to build "a wall of separation between Church and State." This wall still stands the only matter at hand here is that in several areas the Supreme Court has modified its profiles. "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion…." This clause has come a long way in how our government settles with cases concerning religion....   [tags: Papers] 1658 words
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History of Special Education in Public Schools - History of the Treatment of Special Education in Public Schools The Educate America Act was passed in 1994 and was a step toward equality of education between children with and without disabilities. According to Olson and Platt (2000), the Educate America Act “represents a national framework for education reform to improve our system, policies, standards, and most importantly, outcomes for all students.” This legislation outlined goals that were very broad and simplistic, but also inspiring to many people....   [tags: essays papers]
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The Benefits of Sexual Education in Public Schools - ... The popular culture bombards teens with messages encouraging casual sexual activity at an early age, which continues to raise STD and teen pregnancy rates. The combination of these factors makes teaching youth about sex a challenging task. Sexual education teachers have to counteract thousands of hours of annual exposure to sex-saturated media in just a few hours. In addition to the media, educators must struggle with a range of sex education programs. Courses with immensely different objectives, arrangements, time spans, and applications are frequently categorized in the general heading of sexual education....   [tags: Sex Education Essays]
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No Prayer in Public Schools - In 1789, delegates from the 13 states of a new nation created a Constitution that established policies which had never before been seen. One of those policies guaranteed a complete seperation of Church and State. However, almost 210 years later, the relationship between public school and religion is still unclear. What must be realized is that religious practice in school is against the very basic policies of our nation. In a country as diverse as the United States, openly observing any religion in a school has the possibility of inflicting offense onto others....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 526 words
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Problems with Teacher Evaluations in Public Schools - Teacher evaluations have been and continue to be under scrutiny. Major reform efforts are taking place to improve the process. Traditional teacher evaluations are no longer considered satisfactory. Such evaluations typically occur one or two times a year and are administered, in most cases, by the school principal. There are many reasons why traditional teacher evaluations are looked down upon. One of the reasons is because of the fact they are done so infrequently. Very little can be observed regarding the teaching and learning processes (O’Donovan, 2011)....   [tags: Education, Administration]
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The Correlation Between School Uniforms and Violence - Is the absence of school uniforms leading to an up rise of violence between children in public schools. According to the National School Safety Center’s Report on School Associated Violent Deaths, “Since the 1992-1993 school year, two-hundred seven were shooting victims” (Kelly n pag). According to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), “10% of all public schools had one or more serious violent crimes (murder, rape, sexual battery, suicide, physical attack or fight with a weapon, or robbery), and most of the serious violent crimes occurred in the middle and high schools” (Kelly n pag)....   [tags: public schools, Education] 1228 words
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Sex Education in Public Schools - Sex Education in Schools         Children all over the country who sit down in their classes are being taught sex education. There are books, videos, special speakers and qualified teachers for the subject. Depending on where a child lives, the education he or she is being taught might vary. For example, Wyoming, North Dakota, Minnesota, Maine and Utah do not require schools to provide sexuality or STD/HIV education, (they teach abstinence). District of Columbia, on the other hand, must include contraception with condoms available (Innerst)....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Topics]
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School Uniforms Save Time - The ringing of the alarm clock that is placed directly beside your bed wakes you. The high pitched alarm practically pierces your brain and makes you get out of your warm, cozy bed. Time to head to school. You have to wake up every day the moment that alarm goes off or else you’re toast. If you are late again, your school record is sure to take a hit. But wait… what are you going to wear. Is this a dilemma you face each morning. Do you have trouble wanting to get out of your bed, and then faced with the troubling question of what cool, clean, unwrinkled outfit you should wear that day....   [tags: uniforms, public schools, fashion,] 709 words
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Cirriculum Development at Thomas S. Stone Elementary School - Thomas S. Stone Elementary located in Prince George’s County School District, is experiencing the implementation of a new initiative mandated by the state of Maryland called America’s Choice. The goal of America’s Choice new curriculum is crafted to make the teachers and students more accountable in raising student’s test scores in order to make AYP (Annual Yearly Progress). More than half of our students are illiterate and many don’t speak English. This research paper will explore the philosophical and psychological foundations, socioeconomic factors, curriculum design approach, curriculum development approach, aims, goals and objectives of curriculum development, the strategies used for implementation and the evaluation criteria and issues....   [tags: education, public schools,] 1799 words
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College is a Great Investment - ... If the professor believes that one of their students has great potential then they may be able to provide a recommendation which is obviously provide that student with an advantage. All of these benefits that college provides can increase the success of their career which will lead to more money that they make and less hardships that they will have to endure meaning a more comfort life that one can live happily. Lastly, people who attend college definitely have an advantage with connections from clubs and professors as well as getting a good paying job....   [tags: education, career, public schools]
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Public Schools Must Provide Comprehensive Sex Education - ... Mississippi, who does not require sex education in schools, holds the highest teen birth rate, with 55 births per 1,000 girls (Beadly). New Mexico; which holds the second highest teen birth rate, does not require any sex education within the school systems, and when it is taught, abstinence-only is the state standard (Beadly). “Teaching only about abstinence is like teaching children to cross the street at the walk signal, but then failing to tell them to look both ways before crossing all streets whenever and wherever they cross” (Beh & Diamond, 2006)....   [tags: Sex Education Essays]
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Religion in Public Schools - More Questions than Answers - Prayer in Public Schools - More Questions than Answers   Censorship is a very broad topic.  Is it good or bad?  Often, we ask ourselves if such things need to exist because of the First Amendment right.  It states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances."  (Amendments.)  In the case Ginzberg v....   [tags: School Prayer]
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Three Reasons Why Public Schools Should Wear Uniforms - I have seen here, in the USA few public schools have need of students to wear a uniform. I went to school in Mexico City and I got to wear uniform every day. It is very common there for students to be dress in uniforms. Most of the time, I think kids in this country are very spoiled and very selfish too. For them to wear an uniform to go to school it is very offensive. The reason is they think they can no longer express themselves. I agree that asking students to wear a uniform won’t change their attitude, or how they need to behave in school....   [tags: School Uniforms] 662 words
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Why Should Ilokano Language Courses Be Offered in Hawai‘i Public Schools? - Some of the first Filipinos to come to Hawai‘i were the sakadas or contract laborers who arrived in 1906 to work on the sugar plantations. Since then, Filipinos became the state’s fastest growing ethnic minority. The primary reasons for the Filipinos’ rapid growth are “continuous immigration from the Philippines and high birth rates in the Filipino community.” Annually, about 3,500 immigrants come to Hawai‘i from the Philippines, most of whom are children (“A Brief History”). About 25.1% of the state of Hawai‘i’s population, which is about 342,095 people, are of Filipino descent (U.S....   [tags: Education]
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Students with Disabilities Must be Included in Public Schools - Students with Disabilities Must be Included in Public Schools Billy is physically handicapped and goes to school on a bus that has to pick him up quite early, for he has to go to school an hour away from his home. When Billy is at school, he gets to be in classes with all sorts of children; some are in wheelchairs, like he is, but they are unable to move by themselves, and some can walk, but Billy has a hard time talking to some of those children because they are developmentally younger than he is....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Argument Essays] 1175 words
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The Controversial Issue of Teaching Religion in Public Schools - The Controversial Issue of Teaching Religion in Public Schools Religion and public schooling, is one of today's most controversial issues in society . The question at hand is whether the teachers in the public schools should teach religion in America's school systems or not. This controversy has been the issue of many Supreme Court rulings within the past thirty-five years. Separation of church and state seems inevitable for this nation. Problems keep arising and court rulings are handed down nearly every day....   [tags: Papers] 2536 words
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