The ideal was to establish a set of basic academic standards that all students should achieve, hold the schools accountable for meeting these standards for all students, ←and→ then give educators the choice of how to meet the standards. The way NCLB is currently being administered must be fixed, otherwise we will have both new ←and→ seasoned talented teachers leaving the profession in droves. Although reading ←and→ math tests would remain in the administration's proposal, schools could also include student performance in other subjects as part of overall measurements of progress. Critics say that the current education law has narrowed the curriculum for students:→ Many teachers zero in on math ←and→ reading at the expense of other subjects to help students prepare for the required tests. (Douglas) Students need a well-rounded education," the blueprint declares, and it cites disciplines including history, civics, foreign languages, and the arts.
EMA are paid weekly to students that come from low income background. This move was invented in order to give equal opportunities to materially and culturally deprived family back grounds so that their achievement levels improve within the academic. Other policy such as Compensatory education policies (CEP’s) was introduced by Tony Blair in 1997 and was aimed to extend the academic period among school children from the age of 16 to the age of 18. This policy was aimed to reduce the socio-economic disadvantages which could include restricting equal educational opportunities from students from culturally deprived background originally focusing on working class children in UK. There are two arguments within the educational system;
There are numerous facts and findings on how school uniforms positively and completely enrich students’ school experience. School uniforms should be mandated in the United States from kindergarten to twelfth grade allowing our children to focus on their education and not their social environment. Uniforms are just one avenue we can take to attempt to improve our schools and raise student achievement. “According to the School Administrator publication, along with school reported statistics, the mandate of uniforms on campuses has reduced tardiness, skipped classes, suspensions, and discipline referrals” (Chen 1). All of these findings are extremely conductive of how mandating school uniforms would greatly improve our student’s ability to improve their school experience.
Using league tables is a good thing as if you want your child to go to a good school, you can chose the one most suitable with good education and exam results. Schools are paid by how many children they can attract so school results and Ofsted inspection publications is hoped to make schools compete and get good results or they wont attract pupils and the funding. Different types of schools for example faith schools and academy schools are a change that also helped pupils in education. Faith schools were introduced in the 1990s by demands of Muslims who wanted their own faith schools. Different types of schools help as parents have more choice and freedom of where they want their child to go.
Ebenezer Collier The Psychology and Education of the Exceptional Child Article Review Weingarten, R. (2012). Extended Learning Time offers Promise in Raising Achievement. American Teacher This article reflects the reaction of the President of the American Federation of Teachers, Mr. Randi Weingarten on the report of a study on how schools are using extended learning time to improve student achievement. Through interviews and site visits on 30 academically high-performing schools that serve a large percentage of low-income students, with longer school days and years, the study, “Time Well Spent”, documents and analyzes how schools allocate their time, and, more significantly, the specific practices which ensure that expanded school time is used productively and well. In this report, the study identifies the following eight practices that are “proving successful” especially in schools that serve disadvantaged children: (1) Make every minute count; (2) Prioritize time according to focused learning goals; (3) Individualize learning time and instruction based on student needs; (4) Build a school culture of expectations and mutual accountability; (5) Provide a well-rounded education; (6) Prepare students for college and career; (7) Continually strengthen instruction; and (8) Relentlessly assess, analyze and respond to student data.
Implementing School Uniforms Implementing school uniforms will increase academic performance and reduce behavioral problems. While this is a temporary solution to the permanent problem of getting students to strive for achievement, the implementation of school uniform policies, especially at this pivotal point in time in our countries future, is one way we could help young people to realize their potential thru improving the over all quality of education in our country. While students and parents face many daily struggles that distract them from more important things, financial issues can be sited as one of the biggest struggles facing families and individuals these days. School uniforms provide a low cost alternative to expensive designer clothing. Students whose parents can’t afford expensive clothing can be spared the harsh words and jeers from their peers, allowing them to blend in instead of being singled out as poverty stricken or less fortunate then others, thus giving all the students the outward appearance of equals.
THE FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 2 FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE AND ENGAGEMENT Ensuring that students keep engaged in their studies throughout university is obviously a high priority for educators in higher education. The First Year Experience (FYE) has drawn much attention in the late 20th century and early 21st century (McInnis, 2000). Therefore it is imperative that educators of FYE students acquire appropriate knowledge and develop sufficient skills to assess students early in their studies (Wilson, 2003). This Literature Review describes the FYE with special attention to aspects that trigger discontentment. Subsequent research will then recommend several key mechanisms that educators of FYE students should put in place to combat attrition levels.
After reading the article I understand that content integration in the curriculum is only the first dimension of multicultural education. Students come to school with prejudices toward different groups and that is why all teachers, whether you teach math or social studies, should be sensitive to that matter and work towards reduce prejudice in their classrooms and school and create a more positive racial attitude among the students. It is in the hands of educators to encourage students to become more critical readers and thinkers, and help them understand the values that underline knowledge. Students need construct their own knowledge and think for themselves. Teachers need to help students understand the implicit cultural assumptions and perspectives of the discipline they’re teaching.
This act was formed to focus mainly on improving education and is mainly directed to disadvantaged students. The goal of the No Child Left Behind Act is to give more instructional time and less time for extracurricular during school hours. It is focused on changing the academic process by annual testing and giving report cards more often. The act also required funding changes. To receive funds the states and schools have to give assessments to students in certain grade levels (No Child Left Behind Act).
(“Update: School Uniforms.”) Schools in the United States are getting stricter when it comes to dress codes. More and more schools are beginning to follow the dress code policy. Nation wide schools began to use mandatory dress codes to maintain social order and for various academic reasons. (“Update: School Uniforms.”) Principals and Board of Education directors believe having dress codes will help improve learning ability in students. Uniforms send a message to outsiders that those wearing them belong to a community where strict standards of conduct are upheld.