The greatest country in the world still has problems evenly distributing education to its youth. The articles I have read for this unit have a common theme regarding our education system. The authors illustrate to the reader about the struggles in America concerning how we obtain and education. Oppression, politics, racism, and socioeconomic status are a few examples of what is wrong with our country and its means of delivering a fair education to all Americans.
Since 1983 public education has been an issue in America. The system has been constantly changing every year with reforms. This constant change has been driven by the American people’s perception that education has declined and something should be done about it. First there was an increased emphasis on basic skills, making school years longer and more graduation requirements. Second, many began focusing on increasing teachers professionalism. Third, they began restructuring many things such as how the schools were organized and how the school day was structured etc. Now today the most of the American people believe that not enough money is given to public schooling. They associate academic improvement with the money the school is funded. But I believe otherwise. Spending more on education will not improve academic success but diverse teaching methods will.
In my view, system-wide, large-scale reform is needed to achieve the goal of "getting all young people as close as possible to their upper limits of learning potentialities" (Perrone, p. 15, 1991). This is crucial to ensure change because "trying to transform schools within the existing structure is a contradictory process" (Murphy, p. 38, 1991). The first step is to involve the traditionally voiceless at all decision-making levels to best determine what the needs of the least privileged are, if we are truly committed to providing opportunities that respond to children's needs. I specify, "opportunities" through funding based on my assumption and belief that money can improve education through attracting and keeping good teachers, reducing class sizes, establishing programs to respond to different needs, and maintaining healthy facilities and quality resources. Equitable funding, where all children have the chance to receive a high-quality education, is the first step towards education acting as the great equalizer in a country where oppression limits, dehumanizes, and disempowers in virtually every other life realm.
In my perspective, students should enjoy school and not go by force. Schools should be engaging, productive, fun, and international, but in reality, it's the opposite, students are stressed, bored, and overloaded with work. In schools there are no fun activities and if there are they are limited. The school education systems needs to add classes that students want to learn and take for their own benefits, many schools just care about students getting a good score for standardized testing, making it a main concept in the class, many classes spend most of the school year preparing for that one test. Standardized test determines how “ smart”
"A world-class education is the single most important factor in determining not just whether our kids can compete for the best jobs but whether America can out-compete countries around the world. America's business leaders understand that when it comes to education, we need to up our game. That's why need to work together to put an outstanding education within reach for every American child"-President Barack Obama, July 18, 2011
Margaret Mead said, “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” In our society we value education over everything else. If one has a high education, then they will be able to make a better living for themselves. No school system is alike, some are better than others. The American education system used to be known as one of the leaders in education, having the highest graduation rate, and being innovative when it came to teaching styles. Now, it seems that it’s changing and other countries have taken it’s places as the best. This makes sense since the statistics show that most American students are losing to foreign countries. According to Paul Zoch in Doomed to Fail, Japan’s high school graduation was 90% whereas, the United
The value of a school reflect on their moral code which link with its local community, which promote and encourage positive attitudes and good behaviour among the pupils which help as a guide to the children of the school. The value of the school are often incorporated with the school rules.
Transmitting knowledge, attitudes, and skill in a systematic instruction is education. A education is a social institution where social class impacts the students learning. The American education system is based on the ideology of meritocracy, which means the best and the brightest should rise to the top in the system. The education system sorts individuals based on ability and skills for future preparation on various jobs and statuses. It is used for social mobilities. Some factors that influence the quality of education is resources, abilities, skills, past learning experiences, teacher qualifications, school’s performances, and material. Also, social class affect the quality of learning from social capital possessed by students and
I personally believe that a federal school system would be very helpful in removing inequality. It would be very difficult to implement this system, but once it is, it would be highly successful as long as it is created by many educators rather than just one (in order to eliminate individual bias). I do agree with Nel Noddings on the basis of teaching caring. If students are taught to care about each other, then there would be a more positive atmosphere in school programs. This positive program would, in turn, promote better learning, which would allow for better academic scores. If these ideas were implemented in school programs, I believe that American education would be significantly improved. Even if they aren’t used, it is apparent that we as a society need to push for change in the educational system in order to help the next generation maintain a successful