Educational Reform should be in the hands of the Federal government
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You might think that the states and private industries only contribute to Educational funds, but think again. Schools not only get funds from the Department of Education, but they also get funds from other Federal agencies such as the Department of Health and Human Services" Head Start program as well as the Department of Agriculture"s School Lunch program. What I read was that the Federal role in education was just there basically for a backup plan so that if the states and private industries did not have enough funds, they would go to the Federal government for help. Like I said before, the Federal government does contribute to the funds for education already, so instead of the states and private industries always worrying about if they are going to have enough money or not, let the Federal government control and manage Educational Reform because they will always be contributing some sort of funds and the big problem will be solved. The Federal government also has contributed funds to the Title I program of Federal aid to disadvantaged children who live in poor urban and rural areas.
There are over 50 million children that attend our public schools throughout the U.S and we need to prepare them for the difficult future that lies ahead. The Federal government must play some sort of role in education, so that they could make a transformation in public schools to make them better. Classrooms are crowded, teachers are not well experienced and there are not enough supplies for every classroom. With the Federal governments help, we will be able to focus on the more important things for our education system. They can be helpful to the public schools by targeting six things, support the profession of teaching, promote and protect equal rights for students, establish high-quality education and support innovation and good practices to promote state improvement.
In the U.S there should be some sort of structure so that you don"t have three or four different things going on at once. It needs to be standardized. You could end up with different states throughout the U.S teaching different things and beliefs. I feel that if the Federal government is not involved, we may have parents voicing their own opinions on what their kids should be taught, which could lead to an uproar of angry parents. The Federal government also gives financial aid to public schools which a lot of the children"s parents like to hear, especially if they are having money problems.
So as you can see, without the Federal Government the U.S would have numerous problems.
Any broad educational reforms that the government passes lumps all of the schools in America into one. Each school is so different and its students so unique that anything the government does will not have a great impact.
For example, I know students that go to two different public schools that are less than twenty miles apart. Each school has equal funding and they are relatively the same size. However, one of the schools was ranked number one in the state while the other is struggling with less than a 20% proficiency rate in nearly all of it"s subjects (as proved by the state wide testing) as well as a 30% truancy rate. If the government were to implant reforms that would effect both schools it would be nearly impossible to say that any reform would be necessary or to the benefit of both schools.
Schools will cater to make sure that what they are teaching will bring success to their students. Schools want to have good reputations and win awards for their matriculation and high testing scores. They wouldn't do anything (especially drastic curriculum changes) to put that in jeopardy.
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