Principles of Sociology 4/23/2012 How The Three Sociological Perspectives View Home Schooling When we observe the conflict, functionalism, and interactionism theories we have to look at how homeschooling will influence the larger society and how those in power would view it. Conflict Theory For the conflict theory we should focus on how home schooling would influence those in power in their battle to remain on top of those not in power. Conflict theorist would more than likely say that, the education promotes the status quo to not threaten the most powerful. Homeschooling at home may be seen as a threat because some of the people who use homeschooling reject beliefs of the prevailing society and consequently raising their children apart from the status quo. This introduces a troubling element because these individuals are educated but not really indoctrinated to support the ideals of those currently in power over everyone else.
When examining the relationship between Philosophy and curriculum an educator will understand that Philosophy is one of the foundations of education. An educational philosophy is the approach to education. It incorporates the values and ideals that we want to accomplish. The curriculum is the diagram that encompasses the philosophy into the objectives of the lessons. In today’s world educators worry about lacking basic skills in Reading and Mathematics that our students are having and focus more on modern technology and having our students think out of the box.
On the other hand, social justice activist such as John Dewey, intended to build a socially just society. Today, there still isn’t a firm conclusion to the disagreements between what the purpose of education should be. However, the ideals of our modern society has gradually affected the system of our public education and which purpose it chooses to serve. The current purpose of education from K-12 seems to dangerously lean towards neoliberalism, when it should be modeled after John Dewey’s principles. The current purpose of public schools from K-12 appears to follow neoliberalism.
Premises: 1) Standardized test are not standardized. 2) The consequences for schools not making the grade are very unforgiving. 3) They only measure a small portion of a student’s abilities. Standardized Tests Negative or Positive In the beginning, the intent of standardized testing was to be helpful by producing information that teachers and school systems could use to improve the educational structure for students. Although standardized tests have been around for a very long time, there is still a mountain of controversy surrounding, if they are helpful or a hindrance to our elementary and secondary school students.
Education in the U.S. Focus Points General Purpose: To inform Desired Response; The audience will take more attention about education. Thesis Statement: Discipline, especially, in the public schools of the U.S. is a problem, and should be improved because poor discipline cannot prepare students to continue their education. Introduction Attention-getter: How many of you think about education system in this country. Education in the United States is a very important part of life for many people, and it gives an opportunity to people to change their lives. When I came to the U.S., I had heard a lot of things about education in this country, and it was completely different from education in my country.
Public Schooling vs. Home Schooling Many parents desire for their children to gain the best education they can to become successful in life. Home schooling becomes an option to parents who feel that a public school education can hinder their children to becoming well established in the world. Parents often make these decisions based on opinions from the media, newspapers, and gossip where they can often hear the "wonderful" things about home schooling like providing the student with more hands-on opportunities and the ability to move at a comfortable pace for the student. In home schooling there is no comprehension of being bounded to public school calendars and how school can take place anywhere and anytime. Public school is better than home schooling because public school mentally prepares students for the real world; giving students knowledge on how to deal with bullying and peer pressure, and also allowing them to interact with different students and teachers.
Holt states that learning from school teachers takes away one’s individuality and teaches children that if you don’t learn things their way, then you won’t learn it at all. I don’t believe Holt’s views on school systems is correct and I think they help provide a more stable education for children. Holt, a former school teacher and education theorist, believes that homeschooling benefits children more so than going to public schools. His views from this essay go hand-in-hand with many of his other essays. In True Learning, an excerpt from Holt’s The Underachieving Schools book, he is consistent with his belief that public schools often teach kids how to be lazy and how they will only remember the information that interests them, and nothing else.
I agree with the opinion of Kohn that being well-educated isn’t something that a person can judge another person on because of their scholarly degrees, or on time spent sitting in a classroom. There are three areas that I will discuss. The flawed public school system and how it focuses on standardized testing. The second area of discussion will be vocational job skills of the so called un-educated and the third topic to be discussed is what steps schools can take for children to become well-educated. Education is an interesting topic when people talk about how well-educated someone is and what the general population’s consensus is of the standards of education that are being taught in schools.
Education: How the Nation Stays Afloat and the Students Sink American culture plays a critical role in how our educational systems were designed. American culture has created the myth that is, without a formal education, success, creativity and individuality are impossible to achieve. However, schools are not assisting the students in their pursuit of success and individuality. The educational system was produce with another mission in mind; suppress the student’s intelligence and creativity, increase funds with Corporate America by manipulating the handicap schools and assign each student a social role and aid them in developing that role only. Schools are not as helpful as we may have perceived, they discreetly create docile citizens by giving the illusion that the system is developing each student.
What was the most difficult about this paper and what did you learn from it? The most difficult thing writing this paper was trying to ensure criteria and structure for my ethical evaluation was correct. The other difficult issue was inconclusive studies on the amount of public schools and their outcome of utilizing year round schooling. 4. What do you see as the strengths of the paper, and what would I try to do if you were to revise it.