The author, Dick Armey, in this article suggests that there should be desperate measures to regulate the system at Texas universities. According to Armey, the universities are more focused on the complacencies of the faculty instead of the students that has potential. Armey sides with the undertaking of Governor Rick Perry’s education reform, which states that Texas’ education has gone off track and changes must be enforced. The University of Texas is pronounced the third largest endowment in the country, but falls into 47th for best academics. Not only the need for higher education has raised concerns but tuition is too.
Tuition has gone up every year by 9.8 percent since 1994, which many families are stressing to provide that extra amount. The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently surveyed how conducive Texas universities and colleges are, and 80 percent said more could be done. Armey argues that tenured professors should be removed due to lacking teaching skills. All professors should establish and approved on their teaching skills before stepping foot in front of a classroom. Also, Armey points out that taxpayers are contributing to tenured professors. He reveals that free market reforms should also be considered, which academic results would determine funds to schools. Armey hammers on a founding that at one research university only has about 22 percent of professors actually teaching. He states that funds for research and teaching budgets should be separated to reduce tuition. To conclude Armey’s article, the main focus should be on higher education given by adequate professors. Meanwhile, researchers’ main goal should help better the education, which he suggests should have a different budget than joint with teaching. Tenured professors should have limitations on pay and teaching. Armey suggests that if all these needs are met, then it should benefit everyone. Opinion:
I agree with what Armey said in his article and some things need to be...
Texas textbook controversy- Analysis
Eastern New Mexico University
CI 531 1WW
March 3, 2013-
Ever since the 1960s, the Texas textbook controversy has had an issue in America. The Texas school board is meeting to make revisions to their textbooks and curriculum. But are they also revising history? Educators across the country are watching to see the effect this issue will have on students. The choices the board members are making will affect politics, religion, monies spent thru-out the Texas school system. Christian conservatives on the state education board want curriculum changes. Parents and student would like the curriculum to remain the same, or not be so drastic. This analysis will show how, what, when and why the Texas Board members want the History of textbooks to be changed.
What does the history of Texas have to do with Textbooks?
Texas State Board of Education members Cynthia Dunbar, Barbara Cargill, and Gail Lowe discussing curriculum standards, Austin, May 2008. Cargill, who was appointed chairwoman last year by Governor Rick Perry, has expressed concern that there are now only ‘six true conservative Christians on the board.’
“What happens in Texas doesn’t stay in Texas when it comes to textbooks:
”No matter where you...
...In the mind of modern America, education and economics come hand in hand. For over a decade, the citizens of Texas and the state government alike have spoken their views on how to find an equal balance between these two notions. The issue stems from economic disparities between the varying classes in Texas society, resulting in inadequate resources for poorer school districts and below average conditions for underprivileged students. In an effort to level the educational playing field, the implementation of school finance reform sparked an era of controversy.
Concern for this predicament proved to be more prevalent in Texas than in any other state. Due to its vast geographic area and diverse population variance, Texas maintains the greatest discrepancy between average household income and district revenue. By no surprise, a direct relationship existed between the performance of students and the wealth of their district. Under-staffed and under-funded, the quality of public schooling in poorer districts was indeed affecting the outcome of its students. Steps were finally taken to bridge this gap when legislation was enacted in 1993 by the state of Texas to provide court-mandated equitable school financing for all school districts in the state. The aptly nicknamed “Robin Hood” program aspired to bring equity to every Texas school by recapturing property tax revenue from...
...Improving Education in Texas
United States is known for their freedom of opportunity for education. Our education system has given us a wide variety in choices to what we want to achieve and earn our degree in. Our government has also given us the opportunity to achieve these goals for those who struggle to afford the education with such as loans and grants. So what is such the problem that students really struggle with? It has been recorded that only a little over 50 percent of students who start a four-year degree plan earns their degree in six, and where Texas it is even less. As a student myself, I face the struggles that college students face to complete school. Texas has been known for their excessive number of dropouts. In my opinion, Texas can improve the number of dropouts by understanding the real life struggles of a student that they face to balance their time and labor to manage the expenses for school.
As a student myself, I have encounter many students that has either downgrade their level of education or could not complete school. The many of the few reasons was that they did not have the time or just couldn’t afford the expenses. And the source of reason why student’s did not have the time were because they busy having to work hoping they’ll be able to afford the education. A student I’ve known, that is having to...
...textbooks and the texas board of education
The curriculum and textbooks a student learns from are essential to a solid foundation in the quality of their education. Education is the fundamental building block for a student to have a successful future and in today's society some of the best jobs require a bare minimum of a college degree. It is then the duty of parents and the education system to provide the best possible education to students to prepare them for college and for their future jobs. The Texaseducation system is now the laughing stock of the nation due to the actions of the Texas State Board of Education whom has failed students by not providing the best information possible and allowing politicians with personal agendas to write the curriculum and censure textbooks that present an extreme bias far from the truth.
It is said that “history is written by the victors” (Winston Churchill) or rather “History is a set of lies agreed upon.” (Napoleon Bonaparte). Unfortunately, today in the state of Texas both statements appear to be true. The study of history is intended to help one piece together the constant evolution of past events, religions, philosophies, politics, societies, and economics. By cutting out portions of historical information students have missing pieces in the puzzle of history and this...
Reforming Physical Education Curriculum:
This project focuses on reform to the physical education curriculum at Anonymous Middle School in Anonymous, Mississippi specifically at the sixth grade level. Major points of the project will be the rationale for the project, how I plan to implement the project, the evaluation plan for it, and how I plan to keep the reform on going. The reform project will focus on interdisciplinary activities, writing across the curriculum, and adapting the new common core standards into the physical education classroom while still covering the state curriculum framework through a variety of fitness, sports, and health units.
Keywords: reform, interdisciplinary activities, writing across the curriculum, common core
Reforming Physical Education Curriculum:
Sixth Grade at Anonymous Middle School
The physical education curriculum at Anonymous Middle School does not have any structure in my opinion. The PE teachers do a good job of covering topics and teaching, but there are no guidelines or structure for what or when to cover certain topics. This project will provide a plan to implement that will provide more structure in the curriculum by providing the teachers units to cover during the...
Student number: 20134571
Science 1 in the Early Years
Assessment: Item 1- Views of teaching and promoting science of young learners
The pedagogy of play can be hard to understand and part of the reason for this is it’s so difficult to explain how children learn by play because play isn’t simply; it is complex. Each child begins their early childhood education with a set of skills and prior knowledge that is influenced by their family, culture and past experiences (Fellows &Oakley, 2010). The past knowledge should become the foundation for developing an understanding of scientific concepts (Duschl, Schweingruber & Shouse, 2007). Children are naturally inquisitive, creative and aware of the world around them (Campbell & Jobling, 2012). Play is an important development tool and an effective way to teach children scientific concepts while using their prior knowledge (Preston, Mules, Baker & Frost, 2007). Learning science through play shows children that science is useful and enjoyable and is a significant aspect of the real world (Bulunuz, 2013). This essay will review teaching science through play, theorists who support play and the way in which the Australian curriculum and EYLF support play pedagogy.
Science and Play
Play pedagogy is a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they engage actively with people, objects and representations. Research shows...
...Evaluation of the TexasEducation System
The goal of any states education system is to create a policy to successfully reach all students and to provide access and equality of opportunity for all citizens to receive an education while remaining within reasonable funding limits. This is an elusive goal pursued by all state governments that is still left without a definite solution but simply an evaluation of how well students in each state perform. The “mission” of the TexasEducation System is to “ensure that all Texas children have access to a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and fully participate now and in the future in the social, economic, and educational opportunities of our state and nation” according to Education Code of Texas. The major criteria for judging the success of a state’s education system are graduation rates, dropout rates and the level of funding states provides public education facilities.
Texas has had a long history of struggling graduation rates which legislators have tried to address though many policy changes often ending in mixed results. Texas has ranked the lowest in the nation for the percentage of population over the age of twenty five without a high school diploma. Poor education is blamed for...
...Texas Lottery and Education Funding
Texans believe that participating in the Texas Lottery helps the TexasEducation Foundation but little do they know; how much money actually goes to the TexasEducation Foundation. The effect of the Texas Lottery is causing more of a negative impact on Texans than the Education Foundation is benefiting.
The Texas Lottery negatively impacts the people that play the lottery and the programs that are supposed to benefit from the proceeds. Because of the big dream of winning, the lottery has taken a toll on Texans. “People believe that the Texas Lottery is their only chance to strike it rich” (Buckland, 2010). There is not near enough money going towards the TexasEducation Foundation. When the lottery first started, the TexasEducation Foundation was promised to benefit much more than they are now. Since 1996, the money raised for the TexasEducation Foundation paid for two weeks of schooling but today it has plummeted greatly to only paying close to three days of schooling (Dexheimer, 2010). The outcome of the lottery is not what was projected. The current cash flow does not match the projections for the education fund as when the lottery was first...