Parents are responsible for student attendance and student preparation for school each day. When all stakeholders share similar core values and agree on the aims of education, reform efforts stand a better chance for success. Knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and citizenship are core values found at the heart of my beliefs for education. I also believe it is the aim of education to prepare students as contributing members of society. In schools where core values and education aims are revisited due to reform implementation, strategies are identified along with a plan for implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
There are five philosophies of education (essentialism, perennialism, progressivism, social reconstructionism, and existentialism) that vary in their educational approaches. These philosophies can be grouped into two categories: ... ... middle of paper ... ... of democracy (Sadker & Zittleman, 2010, p.283). Progressive schools make a connection between school and community and give students a deeper understanding of how working together forms a successful social environment. Progressivism also focuses on analyzing experiences thoughtfully and drawing conclusions objectively, which is a vital skill to have throughout life and makes the students more productive citizens in society. In the words of John Dewey, “it is the business of every one interested in education to insist upon the school as the primary and most effective instrument of social progress and reform in order that society may be awakened to realize what the school stands for” (1897).
The potential benefits of using the Paideia Proposal in schools is to meet the purpose of education, understand students’ learning styles, and use instructional elements to meet those needs of student’s. There have been many ideas on what is the purpose of education, which include the following ideas: “citizenship training, equality of economic opportunity, and reduction of crime” (Spring, 2009, p. 5). The Paideia principles states that education should prepare all students “to earn a decent livelihood, to be a good citizen of the nation and the world, and to make a good life for one’s self” (Roberts & Billings, 1999, p. 4). Spring (2009) writes that our country has had many transitions of goals for education in public schools from the Bill for the More General Diffusion of Knowledge proposed in 1779 to the No Child Left Behind Act proposed in 2001. In 1982, Mortimer J. Adler’s Paideia Proposal used democracy to promote education by ensuring that the educational system allows young men and women an equal opportunity to an education and that they be given the same quality of education (Adler, 1984).
It is important to note that the use of technology in the classroom can foster learning and improve student’s critical and reflective thinking skills. Teachers and administrators should select materials and technology that are developmentally appropriate and designed to engage the interest in learning. An effective leader has a vision of learning and allows students to set individual goals and plans to reach these goals; the use of technology can increase students’ success. Since the educational reform of No Child Left Behind, educators have struggled to meet the learning standards set by their state and federal government. High academic standards in all core curriculum areas and accountability through assessment are an important aspect in the educational arena.
I am becoming a teacher because I knew I can make a difference in lives of my students. I wanted to be a positive influence in their life in both the classroom and in the real world. I will be there to support them academically, in their extra -curricular activities, and in the social world of school. I want to teach to make an impact and open up their eyes to all the possibilities that are out there. I believe that every child can succeed when matched with a wonderful teacher, I believe that the circumstances you 're born into shouldn 't dictate your chances for success, and I believe that a strong education system is necessary for America to be great.
In the end, both Darling-Hammond (2010) and Goe et al. (2008) believe that effective teaching is achieved when students are motivated to learn. Measuring the efficiency in teaching enables educators to get the policymakers to understand that the learning process is more important than its results. Therefore, the goal in curriculum reform should concentrate on the students' progress and passion in order to provide better education to students. Overall, refining the current assessment system to measure teaching effectiveness successfully shifts the focus of curriculum reform to students from test scores or teacher evaluations, so it is the best solution to promote curriculum reform.
Is the current educational paradigm adequate to meet the needs of present day students? Can America retain its place on the global market if the student continue to be educated using the strategies and methods that we currently operate under. Our students must be critical problem solvers. The development and successful implementation of 21st Century Learning Skills by the present day student will ensure their continued academic success on the global scene. The American school system has long since been a driving force in education.
Children go to school to learn fundamental skills and subjects, but the mission of education is much greater. Historically, the mission of schools has been to help children grow into productive, responsible adults who help make the world a better place. This mission is still true today. Americans feel that one of the main purposes of education is to prepare students to become responsible citizens (Smith, 2003). A great deal has been said and written about the importance of giving students the opportunity to provide service to others.
This is to ensure that the changes that are occurring within education; I am helping to shape and foster. Therefore, as an educational leader I strive to the notion that my most important constituents are my teachers because they will shape the thoughts and opinions of my students and larger community. With that in mind, I want to create a school environment that fosters high-quality curriculum, cutting edge instruction, and 21st century problem solving and equipment learning. Therefore, I want a school that students, teachers, and the larger community would be proud to send their children. Moreover, the reason that I want to lead is because I understand the power that good educational administrators can have on shaping a school, a community, and maybe even a nation.
Additionally, education is an individual’s strength that can break the barriers of poverty. Education gives one knowledge, hope, and success. Hence, the nation needs to strive for an education system that explores new techniques of teaching and new ways to activate the love of learning. The Act, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was enacted to enhance the learning of students by taking several measures in the arena of public school system. The recipients of this policy are students who study at public schools and teachers.