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The American Education

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The American Education

Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, the American educational system has undergone much transition in response to our changing society. Though there have been many problems raised throughout the years in regard to what our school systems should be teaching our children, there have also been many developments.

In the final decades of the 20th century, education has continued to evolve in order to meet society's demands. The transformation of society has created numerous problems in the educational system. These problems consist of the segregation of races, religions, social classes, and politics. In the earlier part of the 20th century, African-Americans were segregated within schools. They were placed into lower-class school systems with little extra-curricular activities, limited resources, and lower quality teachers.

At this time, religion played a major role on the educational system in the sense that all types of religious groups were represented in the American school system, but they were challenged with how they could be loyal to their religions beliefs. With the 'Pledge of Allegiance' present, some people felt as though the values of Americans and the "Creators'" beliefs should be taught in the classrooms. Of course, others felt that religion and school should be separate. As a result of disagreements such as these, many problems arose.

Politics and business influence have been a long term problem for the establishment of a free and fair education opportunity. America has been called ?the melting pot? of the world, meaning that within the nation live such an abundance of individuals from different aspects of life. Within the world, we find some societies less fortunate than other societies. Economic diversity is present within the United States as well. It is commonly understood that the wealthy are becoming better educated than the poor, and similarly that the wealthy have a better chance to survive in the economic growth of today?s society.

In Joel Spring?s book American Education, he uses several examples of the politics and economics surrounding education. Spring discusses the decade of the 1970s, in which businesses put such a demand on the educational system to create educational opportunities in the fields of science and engineering. During this decade, the nation was in an ?educational inflation pe...

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...dolescents to weapons. In many cases children have access to a weapon, particularly a handgun, within their own home. With lack of supervision, children experiment with these dangerous weapons, and may even take them out of their homes. Another contributing factor to violent acts among children is the role of the media and the way that television and movies portray violence. Every where you turn on television and in movies, you see someone killing someone or someone getting killed. Kids see the brutal ways, or the quick and smart schemes of combat tactics. They falsely believe that these types of behaviors are acceptable, because the next week they are back on the show demonstrating another episode of violent acts, with no consequences.

After reading Joel Spring?s book, and reflecting on some of the issues facing our schools, it is apparent that our educational system requires much attention among our nation?s leaders. While the system has transformed in many beneficial ways, we are still plagued by the growing problems of society. I look forward to reading another book by Joel Spring, and developing my evolving understanding of the educational system within the United States.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the american educational system has undergone much transition in response to our changing society. the segregation of races, religions, social classes, and politics has created numerous problems in the education system.
  • Explains that religion played a major role on the educational system in the sense that all types of religious groups were represented, but they were challenged with how they could be loyal to their religions beliefs.
  • Explains that politics and business influence have been a long-term problem for the establishment of free and fair education opportunities.
  • Analyzes how joel spring's book, american education, uses several examples of the politics and economics surrounding education.
  • Explains that the american education system has continued to evolve with some new curricular modifications. in 1992, the 'children of the rainbow' curriculum was introduced in new york, which required elementary schools to teach tolerance towards gays and lesbians.
  • Explains that the head start program provides early childhood education to economically disadvantaged children, allowing them to compete on equal terms with other children. equal opportunity is a goal which continues to be addressed.
  • Opines that the no child left behind act is the most significant development in the american educational system. president bush believes that education should prepare children for jobs and provide them with necessary life skills.
  • Explains that educators are faced with social, political, and economic challenges of the 21st century. the wealthier cities have higher-class public schools and private schools.
  • Explains that teachers must be educated in many languages. the no child left behind act and the english language acquisition act of 2001 both propose bilingual education.
  • Explains that the individuals with disabilities education act emphasized the need for children with disabilities to be put into regular classes, rather than being segregated into?special needs? classes.
  • Opines that multicultural education in schools is a 21st century goal because multicultural, ethnocentric, bicultural, and bilingual education will become increasingly important with the global economy and internationalization of the labor force.
  • Explains that racism is often thought of as whites oppressing people of color, but this definition has brought up many problems. racial differences lead to violence in school systems.
  • Explains the rise in violent acts in schools since the early 1990's, citing the columbine high school incident, where 2 students killed 12 students, 1 teacher, and 23 students wounded.
  • Explains that columbine was the most serious terrorist act on a school in history, though there continue to be other acts of violence within the educational system.
  • Explains that violent crimes occur in school in part due to the accessibility among adolescents to weapons, and the media's portrayal of violence.
  • Opines that after reading joel spring's book, and reflecting on some of the issues facing our schools, it is apparent that our educational system requires much attention among our nation?s leaders.
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