Education reform has been an issue of discussion within the United States since the system began. Public education today is in dire need of reform. Students find themselves in overcrowded classrooms, less teacher interaction, with inadequate learning material. From city schools to suburban schools, from the east coast to west coast, reform needs to take shape. School reform could be achieved by committing more money to schools in need, allowing high school graduates to take a break from furthering their education, and involving the school districts in collaboration with parents, to evaluate and demise a course of action to make their schools better. The government has enacted different reform measures in order to push start the education system into becoming successful. The NCLB Act has incorporated that every child deserves to be educated. “October 2011, Senator Tom Harkin, whom is the head of Senate education committee, released a draft of the NCLB Act, which would abolish the provisions of the law that used standardized test scores in reading and math to label tens of thousands of public schools as failing” (Dillon 4). While this act has made little headway in reform, it has been a step towards the right direction. Even though students are receiving education, they still are not getting the adequate education in order to succeed. The government has been giving money to programs on the verge of reforming the education system.
The federal government has implemented new ways in support against the fight wherein, better education can be achieved. The creation of charter schools is one way in the fight towards reform. Charter schools provide a way to encourage learning through smaller classes, teacher performance based pay to ensure quality education, and better materials. Sam Dillon in his article, "No Child Left Behind Act,” shows one step the government has taken towards reform. “On Sept. 13, 2011 — in an important first step to improve a provision of the No Child law and in a rare display of bipartisanship — the House approved a bill supporting the expansion of charter schools, the initial part of a legislative package planned by Republicans to carry out a piecemeal rewrite of the law. The bill tweaks an existing federal grant program that provides start-up money for new charter schools — currently about $250 million— and adds some quality control provisions” (Dillon 32). Since supplying federal monies to this type of schooling, charter schools are a valuable asset to school districts everywhere.
A study conducted by Chester E. Finn, Jr., in "Charter Schools in Action", labels charter schools as a hybrid between public schools and the most highly prized features of private schools (for example: self-governing, able to hire whomever it likes, control over curriculum). These charter schools are available to all who wish to attend, are paid for by tax dollars, and all actions are held accountable to state and local authorities for good performance as well as decent behavior. These alternative schools are authorized to run for a specific period, usually about five years, and are able to get their charter renewed, if successful, after the allotted time. Finn and his associates spent two years visiting sixty schools in fourteen states and assessing the accomplishments of each program (Finn 214).
"Students and parents like their charter schools. Three-fifths of the kids say their teachers are better. Half are more interested in their schoolwork. Three-fifths say the charter school is safer and has better discipline than the school their child would otherwise be attending. Four out of five plan to keep their child in the charter school as long as it's available" (Finn 216). "Families and teachers are turning to charter schools for educational reasons" (Finn 216). Factors stated by parents and teachers included smaller class size, the schools' educational philosophy, committed parents, and...
...Systems Theory/Continuous Improvement Theory in Education Today
Grand Canyon University
April 27, 2011
In today's mandated high-stakes testing accountability requirements in education, the response from today's educational leaders vary depending on the geographical location and the size of the district in question. The 2014 deadline for meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) at 100% for all students looms on the horizon and districts are responding with various strategies without fully addressing the model for school improvement (Thomas, 2008). Accountability is being heavily placed on the shoulders of the classroom teachers with the blame game growing and teacher morale at an all time low. The rural middle school in this educator's district is on year three of falling below AYP and teachers are being forced to retire and/or pushed out which in turn causes communication break downs and anti-trust in leadership. Many strategies have been given new names, been tried and failed to raise standardized test scores. Chronic under performance persists because in the past twenty years of educational reform there has been very little change (Christensen, Aaron, & Clark, 2005).
Reinventing the Wheel
Thomas (2008) believes that open communication and concentration on the processes used within the confines of any unique organization...
...audience to think about educationreform and to inspire them to enact changes in our education system.
Central Idea: While educationreform has been around since the inception of formal education, the past 30 years have seen many changes that are at the very least counter-productive to effective learning for children and teaching for educators and at worst, devastating to the moral of children and their enjoyment of the learning process. Real educationreform would take into account that children learn in different ways, and testing is not a true measure of how well a teacher does their job, or how much a child knows.
1. How many of you had a senior class with a 100% graduation rate? 90%? 80%? 70%? Less than 70%? I graduated in 1985, tenth in my class. There were 500 kids in my senior class, and all but three of us graduated. That’s over a 99% graduation rate. Yet, we had been told just two years prior that our schools were not doing their jobs, and that we would be the first generation that would not exceed our parents’ generation educationally. What does that say about your generation? Is it your fault? Or your teachers or parents? Is it because of or in spite of educationreform?
2. Today I will speak to you about education...
Movers and Shakers in Education
Sacrifices have been made throughout history by many to advance the field of education so all children have the opportunity for a proper education and a successful future. With these advances come all types of adjustments to keep the idea of a proper education moving. Just in the last fifty years, there have been several significant attempts to improve the educational system. The first being the A Nation at Risk report introduced in 1983.
President Regan’s Secretary of Education T. H. Bell created the National Commission on Excellence in Education to analyze the quality of education in America. The Commission’s report, A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform is considered a landmark event in educational history. The report brought to light the ever-growing sense that American schools are failing students. Bell asked the commission to look into several areas of concern in the education system. A few of the requests included: accessing the quality of teaching and learning in primary, secondary, and postsecondary schools in private and public areas; compare American schools and those of other advanced nations; studying the relationship between college admission requirements and student achievement in high school; and defining problems in the educational system...
...The Need for Federal Government Involvement in EducationReform
Political Science 2301
Federal and State Government
For centuries, generations of families have congregated in the same community or
in the same general region of the country. Children grew up expecting to earn a
living much like their fathers and mothers or other adults in their community.
Any advanced skills they required beyond the three R's (Readin', Ritin' and
Rithmatik) were determined by the local community and incorporated into the
curriculum of the local schools. These advanced skills were taught to the up-
and-coming generation so they could become a vital part of their community. The
last several decades has greatly expanded the bounds of the "community" to
almost anywhere in the country or anywhere in the world for that matter.
Advances in transportation and communication has made the world a much smaller
place then the world we knew as children. The skills our children need to
realize parents' perpetual dream of "their children having a better life" are no
longer limited to those seen in the local area. It is becoming more and more
apparent that the education system of yesterday cannot adequately prepare
students for life and work in the 21st Century. These concerns have prompted
people across the country to take a hard look at our education system and to
organize their efforts to chance the...
Second Thoughts on Secondary Education
“The answers for all our national problems come down to a single word. That word is education.” - Lyndon B. Johnson
The Educational system in America has been subject to many reforms in the past century, and despite many theories; none have been successful in creating a world-class public school system that America needs to stay on the leading edge of advancement. A mixture of low standards, a transition to equity, and lack of discipline has led to the poor excuse of an educational system we all know today. The costs and consequences of these problems are getting even greater, however, there are examples to be followed and changes that can be made to turn this catastrophe around.
America has been subject to many reforms throughout the years. John Dewey is widely considered one of the founders of “new age education” (1900-present). Around the turn of the 20th century he said that “The high school must, on one hand, serve as connecting link between lower grades and the college, and it must, on the other, serve not as a steppingstone, but as a final stage for those directly entering the life of society.” This theory was perpetuated in many of his books such as “Democracy and Education” and “The School and Society”. (Tyack and Cuban 50) As America’s population growth exploded at the onset of the 20th century “policy talk about high schools...
February 22, 2013
A.P. English period 5
Brains on Overload
Education is the act of acquiring knowledge, so why are school systems not more beneficial to students. Six day periods have students and teachers under constant stress with homework and studying to do constantly or heaps of papers to grade with no end. Teachers and students alike would benefit from an alternate block schedule.
At North Valleys High School every day is a block day but school starts and ends at the regular times (personal education). The block schedule alternates to give their students time to effectively complete assignments and fully understand, whereas at Mead High School their students get two days out of the week to feel a little less overwhelmed. From my personal experience and observations of both schools the students are under unchanging stress with the Mead school system, but at North Valleys the classes alternate so students do not have back to back classes allowing students to diffuse their stress and give them time to complete homework and get help without being under relentless stress. Stress affects every aspect of life, emotional health, as well as physical well-being and behavioral performance. Emotionally stress causes moodiness, short temper, depression, etc. which is less than ideal when students need a clear and focused mind to do well in school. Physical symptoms include, but are not limited to, aches, dizziness,...
...Research on Internet Use in Education
Executive Summary: There is emerging research on how the Internet can be an important component of a program that significantly increases student learning. This type of program requires students and teachers to have appropriate access to the Internet and instruction in its use. It also requires changes in curriculum content, instructional practices, and assessment to take advantage of the communication and information storage and retrieval strengths of the Internet, and to appropriately assess the types of learning these strengths engenders.
The Internet, a global network of networks connecting millions of computers and computer users, is a relatively new resource for educators. In fall 1998, 89-percent of U.S. public and private schools and 51 percent of all classrooms had Internet access (Wirt, 1999). The Internet’s rapid growth and dynamic nature has educators asking research questions that are still in the process of being studied. Researchers are only beginning to gain insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the Internet in the classroom. However, even at this early stage, there is emerging evidence that the Internet provides a variety of valuable aids to education.
The Internet provides up-to-date information on a variety of classroom-related topics unavailable from other sources. The content of textbook, library, and teacher knowledge is enhanced by this new medium.
...background of higher education
Ever since the Federation of Malaya gained independence in 1957, theMalaysian education system has been developing so as to unify the nationstateand to promote economic growth. The Education Act of 1961,which followed educational reform efforts such as the Razak Statementof 1956 and the Rahman Talib Report of 1960, has governed the moderneducation system in Malaysia. These educationalreforms correlated withsocioeconomic conditions. In the early 1970s, the New Economic Policy(NEP 1971), or Bumiputera Policy, was implemented. The NEP aimedto bring about a better balance in enrollment among the different ethnicgroups in Malaysia. 1 It resulted in a steady increase in the number ofBumiputera students in Malaysian universities. Furthermore, since theearly 1970s, the Malaysian government has sought to make more effectiveuse of the nation’s Malay human resources in the process of economicdevelopment, and the percentage of Malay students at every educationallevel has increased steadily.Basically, the Malaysian education system follows a 6-3-2 structure,with six years of primary school, three years of lower secondary school,and two years of upper secondary school (see Appendix 1). Eleven yearsof basic education are provided to all citizens. However, the highereducationsystem has been limited to the elite citizens of the country.
Performance in the...