Email In recent years parents, thinks tanks and politicians have complained mightily about the runaway cost of college. But this focus on schools' affordability has obscured equally troubling problems with higher education.
Fast forward to today and, with the current global economic climate, it seems apparent that the now established education system is unable to meet the needs of our hyper-connected society — a society that is in a constant state of evolution.
Parents are not involved enough. Of all the things out of the control of teachers, this one is perhaps the most frustrating.
Time spent in the classroom is simply not enough for teachers to instruct every student, to teach them what they need to know. There must, inevitably, be some interaction outside school hours. Of course, students at a socio-economic disadvantage often struggle in school, particularly if parents lack higher levels of education.
The demands of careers and an over-dependence on schools put higher-class kids at risk too when it comes to the lack of parental involvement in academics.
Schools are closing left and right. Many have found themselves on the chopping block. Parents, students and communities as a whole feel targeted, even if school board members are quick to cite unbiased numbers. There is no concrete way to declare a winner in these cases, either.
Sometimes, a school closing is simply inevitable but communities should first look for other solutions. Instead of shutting down underutilized public schools — icons of the community — districts should consider other neighborhood uses, such as a community center or adult education classes.
Closing public schools should not be a short-sighted procedure. The decision should focus on the only investment that really matters: Our schools are overcrowded.
The smaller the class, the better the individual student experience. At a time where children need more attention than ever to succeed, overcrowded classrooms are making it even tougher to learn and tougher still for teachers to be effective. Technology comes with its downsides.
I am an advocate for technology in the classroom. I think that ignoring the educational opportunities that technology has afforded us puts kids at a disadvantage. Education has become synonymous with entertainment in many ways.
Parents are quick to download educational games as soon as kids have the dexterity to operate a touch screen, and with the best of intentions.
There is a lack of diversity in gifted education. Beginning in early elementary grades, TAG programs separate student peers for the sake of individualized learning initiatives.
Though the ideology is sound, the practice of it is often a monotone, unattractive look at contemporary American public schools. The national push to make talented and gifted programs better mirror the contemporary and ever-evolving student body is a step in the right direction.
Real change happens on a smaller scale though — in individual districts, schools and TAG programs. That progress must start with understanding of the makeup of a particular student body and include innovative ways to include all students in TAG learning initiatives.
School spending is stagnant, even in our improving economy. K public school spending. A report this month from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that 34 states are contributing less funding on a per student basis than they did prior to the recession years.Education’s design flaw.
By Valerie Strauss. American education has a problem, and, left unaddressed, its consequences will be catastrophic. That country won’t be the United States. This has caused people to lose focus on issues that are also important in the United States. I’ve been a part of the American education system nearly my who life, and I think its fair to say that it is definitely a flawed system.
Yes it is. The system is intended to offer the semblance of an education, but to discourage the teaching of certain basic forms of knowledge. There are two methodologies used in educational theory in schools in the United States. Public education in America really began in earnest after the Civil War, when government-funded and -controlled schools supplanted the earlier system of private education.
We must prepare Millennials, both at a private and public level, for the intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship opportunities required for success in our changed economy.
States also determine the number of years of compulsory education: in most states, education is compulsory from five or six to sixteen; but in some states teens have to stay on in school until age