Public K 12 Education As A Public Good

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From its beginning, public K-12 education as a public good has been a contested debate. The creation of the common public school system was based on the then dominant hope of helping solve the cultural, political, religion and class conflicts that existed (Spring, 2011). Now, as some concerns and issues have been minimized (e.g. religion) others remain prominent (e.g. race and class). Much of the literature in the class focused on the policy perspective, while the perspective of the parents was minimal. With this in mind, this paper looks to understand how do individuals come to be affected and understand government policies in education. Also, my experience in this course shed light to the emerging theme of educational change. In other words, I am interested to locate within the lived experience of people who have attended American schools their views on how education has either changed or remained the same. Consequently, the purpose of my research is threefold: (a) what is the interpretation of adults about their educational experience, (b) how do adults see their children(s) education today, (c) what has happened to the arts program? Moreover, my interest in this contextual research project was influenced by both the work of Joel Spring’s (2011) The American School and Brandon Stanton’s (2013) Humans of New York: Stories. Spring presents a historical narrative of this country’s education system. On the other hand, Stanton presents stories of the lives of New York residents through the arts (photos). I first became interested in the work by Stanton when I saw a page on Facebook entitled “Human of New York (HONY).” Initially, Stanton’s photography was focused on bridges and building, however, while in New York he began to meet i... ... middle of paper ... ...oday’s accountability reform has had a major influence on their children. The adoption of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act in 2001, with its standards-based reform, increased accountability, directly influencing how students are educated. As Spring (2011) tells us, “All public school students were required to conform to federal requirements. . .This represented a major change in the governance of public schools. . .the law required states to establish uniform standards and tests for all public schools” (p. 444). Thus, the experience students have with the curriculum was drastically transformed as a result of NCLB. Several parents expressed concern with issues regarding classroom lessons and the overall curriculum their children experience in the classroom. Nora, a Jewish mother of two daughters, shares her opinion about the current school experience students face:
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