Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A catch up on education reform

The American education system is in crisis. Faculty downsizing across all levels and piling student debts that jobless graduates are unable to repay have called for more aggressive reforms to the educational structure. However, when talks about the nation’s policies took place earlier this year, the solutions suggested to clarify the sector’s bleak future were a little less assuring than hoped for.

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Rather than recommend ways on how educational facilities could meet the demand for more teachers or better standards, the government simply recommended that schools and colleges "narrow student choice." While a far cry from the tradition of encouraging the nation’s young minds to explore new and alternative ideas, the suggestion is backed by the premise that students will be more likely to complete their university degree if they are already on track as soon as they start college.

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Influential people in the education sector, the likes of Frank Biden, might agree to this proposal. Biden is a vocal advocate of alternative learning methods, particularly those that focus on developing individual strengths. His approach aligns with the recommendation’s philosophy that students ought to focus on preparing for their careers early in their education rather than garner superficial experience in various fields as a contingency for all possible courses before they finally select their major.
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Other policy changes included making it mandatory for schools to provide equal access to extracurricular athletic activities to students with disabilities. In this way, all students would have the opportunity to learn about “discipline, selflessness, passion, and courage” through sports.

More information about the developments in America’s education system can be found on this website.