No Child Left Behind also required states to produce penalties for schools that failed. Unfortunately, even the best plans faces a great deal of setbacks and design flaws. No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top became mired in the fact that it offered states financial rewards if they complied, ... ... middle of paper ... ... Implementing more professional development, mentorship, and requiring Teaching Schools to raise their standards so that those who truly deserve to teach can in fact be selected to impart knowledge to our next generation. Returning to end of school year exams for each course in which the material was taught.
NCLB ensures that parents have important information regarding the schools their children attend and whether they are performing well or not. In addition, under NCLB, such schools that are considered low-performing must use their federal funds to make needed improvements. In the event of a school’s continued poor performance, parents have the option to ensure that their children receive the high-quality education to which they are entitled. This... ... middle of paper ... ...dards are one of the main topics of educational and political rhetoric and debate in this decade. One of the major reasons for this controversy is that it is almost impossible to separate standards from assessment of student progress and teacher and school accountability.
We need to seize our chance to improve on this now because if we let it slide I can guarantee you the problem will only worsen and the public education in our country will only fail. We need to setup a system based more on competition so we can get the schools to want to give our youth a good education. Now many people may oppose to the idea of making schools “compete” for students with the voucher system. They would say that this may be too expensive or it would take away the idea of public schooling and not make it free in the sense that we think of school as free. Many would say it would be turning the public school system into a “business.” While I do agree that it would turn the public school system into a business I do not agree that it would take away from our schools being public in the most literal sense of the word.
Schools worldwide are stressed to succeed on these standardized tests when they only measure a fraction of a student’s intelligence. Standardized testing must be discontinued because it negatively affects school curricula, students’ and instructors’ mentality, and fairness of the test for all students. National standardized testing is a requirement under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) which promises parents that: instructors will teach more efficiently, students will be motivated, and school systems will operate more productively (Nicolas 42). All of these promises are said to lead to better education for students, especially those who are raised within minority groups (Nicolas 45). The primary purpose of standardized tests is to evaluate students and show whether or not the standards of the standardized test was met in the school.
What the authors means when they say that “market driven” “privatization” has taken over democratic public education, is that with privatization the focus has changed from our students and social goals to making schools more profitable. This has caused many to disregard what the students should be learning and what skills they should be acquiring while in school. Instead parents are more worried about deciding what school their children should attend. Standardized test are used as a way to measure students’ performance and the quality of the teacher and the school. Not taking into consideration other aspects such as poverty or English language learners for example.
Reeves makes a compelling argument in his research about the pros and cons of the current focus of school administration: The debate about this trade of is often contentions. Proponents view putting core academics first as a matter of social justice: If economically disadvantaged students lack essential literacy and math skills, then no amount of music or art will give them the economic opportunity and self-sufficiency. Proponents of the arts claim with equal vigor that by exposing students in come schools to a rich, varied curriculum and consigning students in other schools to endless reading and math drills, we are only exacerbating opportunity gaps based on race and economics (Reeves, 2007, p. 80). Reeves states that leaders in schools must make a conscious effort to stop perpetuating the thought that lower social-economic schools should be doing nothing but math and language, but instead encourage a rich curriculum "without sacrificing the academic opportunities that students need" (Reeves, 2007, p. 81). He gives school le... ... middle of paper ... ...or teachers and school leaders to re-evaluate the focus of our public school systems.
Secondly, I will discuss how they improve students’ achievement. And lastly, I will describe how these tests keep teachers and schools accountable. High stakes testing prevents students from being promoted or given a diploma without the necessary knowledge. The National Academies Press states, “unless we test student’s knowledge, how will we know if they have met the standards? And the idea of accountability, which is also central to this theory of school reform, requires that the test results have direct and immediate consequences: a student who does not meet the standard should not be promoted, or awarded a high school diploma”(books.nap.edu).
John Taylor Gatto, in his essay “Against School: How Public Education Cripples our Kids, and why”, argues that the contemporary purpose of education in public schools is to produce “harmless electorate,” “a servile labor force,” and “mindless consumers” (28). According to Gatto, he is blaming public schools by explain that the purpose of education is to shape students to certain expectations and habits without their interests. He argues that students “want to be doing something real” (Gatto 23). Also, He explains that they produce a manageable working class and “mindless consumers” (27-28). His point is that students want to learn something new that help them in their life better than actual books from school which don’t apply their interests and their experience (23).
Many policymakers and stakeholders stated that schools and colleges hire ineffective teachers and keep others who show no professional growth for years. To challenge this issue, president Obama initiated “Race to the Top” which required student growth as part of teacher evaluation criteria. In other words, in this new mandate, teachers will be incentivized after subsequently proving measurable student growth. On the other spectrum, as president Obama tried to encourage teachers, other educational groups suggested the eradication of th... ... middle of paper ... ...blished traditions and values is a step forward to a commitment to building an education system which prepares students to a productive life. The challenge is by no means an avenue to criticize the structure and process of higher education but to objectively highlight outdated education strategies that are no longer applicable in today’s socio-economic demands and substitute them with new practices that respond to national and global needs.
“I Just Wanna Be Average” by Mike Rose illustrates numerous flaws in the education system that discredits the cultural myth of empowerment through education that is essential to achieving the American Dream. Mike Rose’s experience in the education system showed that not all schooling is equal. Mike Rose says that the students were “brought together by geography and parental desire” (152). Parents believed that if they were to bring their children to a private school away from public schools that they would receive a better education based on the assumption that private schools provide a more advanced curriculum and independence in learning. This is proven to be false because students are funneled into different educational tracks, the Vocational education and college prep groups, from the start.