The Importance Of Traditional Education

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Introduction Horace Mann and Henry Bernard as cited in Henke, 2013 formally established traditional education in America with the purpose of “increasing opportunities for all children and creating common bonds among an increasingly diverse population” (Henke, 2013). This principal was established to ensure that students had the opportunity to acquire all the necessary skills needed through preparation and training, to be contributing members in our society. “This definition reaches far beyond the scope of the four primary subjects. Education should include thoroughly learning the functions and duties of government, a complete understanding of the constitution and one’s rights, learning how social justice movements change society, how to farm, how to cook, etc. The public school system should exist to prepare young people for life. This is the task of an educator: to facilitate the progress of transforming youth into functional independent full citizens” (Leeds, 2013). Although traditional education’s purpose is to prepare students for life and provide a safe secure environment conducive to learning, students who do not comply with the principals of what traditional education stands for normally are removed from that environment and placed in an alternative learning environment conducive for their specific learning needs. Students who do not conform to school rules and create an unsafe learning environment still deserve a quality education; thus they are placed in an alternative learning environment either in school or through an outside agency. Students, who don’t conform to what we consider the norm in the classroom, display a range of disciplinary infractions that range from bullying, fighting, vandalism, drugs, and threats and... ... middle of paper ... ...able social services which leads to delinquent conduct. Low self esteem begins as a pre-cursor for misbehavior in and out of school. Teacher and counselors understanding of the socio-economic make up of delinquent will decrease the number of students disciplinary infractions. Implications for Social Change The examination of student behavior mentoring programs is significant to this study because it will delve into issues that plaque repeated offenders (i.e. social, emotional and economic issues). This study will contribute to the body of knowledge needed to address this problem by examining the effects of counseling programs available to students with repeated disciplinary issues. It also ultimately increase graduation and college acceptance rates, decrease truancies, increase grades and decrease the amount of out of school infractions that may occur.

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