Purpose of Education What is the purpose of education? Is education about preparing students for a specific career or is it about teaching students lifelong values, discipline, and the ability to explore new ideas and to think independently? There have been several goals of education over the years. Some included preparing children for citizenship, to prepare for the skilled workforce, to teach literacy, to help students become critical thinkers and to help students compete in a global marketplace. I believe that for the 21st century , the purpose of education is to prepare children to compete in the global environment.
The state used exams to measure the academic achievement of schools and also evaluate them. “And while standardized test scores continue to be the measurement du jour, the use of technology is having an equally positive impact in helping students gain necessary 21st century skills that serve to advance learning engagement, and prepare students for life and work” (ISTE, 2008, p.7). It is important to note that an integral part of student achievement are the teachers and the curriculum offered by the institution. Teacher with knowledge of technology combine with a good curriculum give the students the tools they need to succeed. “Many teachers use technology not becaus... ... middle of paper ... ... References Culling, F, Cedric, H, Nusrat.
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This paper describes the characteristics of teacher-centered classrooms and student-centered learning environment. In addition, this paper will explain the significance of teacher education for the effective implementation of technology as well as student-centered learning environment in K-12 classrooms. In the traditional teacher-centered classroom, teachers are expected to be the subject matter experts. They present the information in textbooks and when students asked questions, it is the job of the teacher to guide the students to think in such a way that they arrive at ‘correct’ answers (Carter, 1997). Students are also expected to learn factual-based knowledge and assessment is often based on the information they delivered from their rote skills.
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Furthermore, Race to the Top aims to improve data-driven curriculum and to provide new strategies to help struggling schools. President Obama, committed to the future of America’s childre... ... middle of paper ... ...t resources across all schools in America rather than just affluent, high-performing demographic areas. In this way, all schools can be where students learn academics, as well as how to become positive contributors to society. Schools provide a powerful influence on students, and therefore serve as a critical issue to the future of America. When students are given the chance to learn, society as a whole benefits from their contributions to the world.
When I began incorporating technology in my teaching, I quickly realized that student engagement in... ... middle of paper ... ...t century skills and themes into my teaching, I made a concerted effort, took risks, and, most importantly, sought help and professional development. I developed my personal learning network, I experimented with new technologies, and I worked to creatively and purposefully integrate 21st century skills into my teaching. References Angelle, P. S. (2007). Teachers as leaders: Collaborative leadership for learning communities. Middle School Journal, 38(3), 54-61.
The leader must understand the process of change, building relationships, knowledge to create and share responsibilities. In the process of change, direction is important, in order to lead complex changes in education in the 21st century (Fullan, 2001). The mission, vision, and values are visual throughout the organization as all students will be productive, inspired, supported, and challenged seeking an education to compete in the global society to become valuable citizens. The school will be the innovative model for excellence as a teaching and learning community. Values reflect the target goals and standards of behavior in the midst of educators and the educational organization.
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