Discussion 2: Thinking Critically About Issues
What did you discover as you debated with your colleagues about an issue this week? Did you or a colleague uncover information that made you consider altering your position? Perhaps the debate helped you to realize how much more you need to know before you are completely clear about your position. As a leader in education, you must stay abreast of the issues that matter in your specialization, regularly deepening and refreshing your knowledge to stay informed.
In this Discussion, you look more closely at the case study issue you debated in the Discussion 1. To prepare for this Discussion, consider all you have discovered about the case study this week. Conduct a search to obtain at least three scholarly articles that relate to the issue you debated. Finally, consider how the process of exploring and debating issues relates to your role as a change agent and advanced graduate degree student.
Keep in mind that the articles you obtain may support or refute the position you held in the debate or may introduce a different perspective altogether. Your purpose in this assignment is to learn more about the issue you have been exploring.
Submit a post covering each of the following elements:
•Explain what you have discovered about the issue from the debate and from the resources you located for this discussion.
•Identify answers to questions you have raised about the issue.
•Identify new questions you have now that you have discovered more about the issue.
•Explain how you might apply the critical analysis and research skills you have been practicing this week to your student and professional roles.
Issue with K-12,
U.S education is provided by private and public schools. Public education is required in K-12 level universally and is available in state universities and colleges. School curricula, policies, and school budgets are set by school boards who are elected in the local setup and have a jurisdiction standardized tests, supervising them through a board of regents.
My State’s most crucial responsibility lies in education, ensuring that learners are adequately prepared to venture into the job market and take advantage of upcoming opportunities that arise with the growth of the economy. My state has her future wholly depending on making a successful educational system for the learners, teachers, parents and the economy.
To achieve the purpose of education in My state, every child needs to be provided with the opportunity to access aligned education system that is of high quality from their early stages through post-secondary education. This can be achieved through the collaboration of multiple stakeholders such as the higher education and the labor market, to make maximum success in lifetime learning.
There is a need for implementation of high-quality instruction in each classroom that are learner-centered and strives to meet the learner’s personal goals as well as academic goals and seeks to maximize the student’s potential. This can be achieved through strong district and leadership building. By developing, supporting and sustaining a top-quality education system, the state is guaranteed of a collaborative workforce in education.
The state can reduce the effect of high-risk factors like poverty and create an equitable environment for all learners while meeting all their needs and ensure that all learners are exposed to quality opportunities in education. There should be set policies that engage parents and supported partners into the education of their children. A strong partnership can be created between the job market and community colleges as well as higher education institutions to make sure that the learners are prepared for the job market and are responsible citizens. The state can further develop educational agencies that are innovative and cohesive to support aligned systems of education at all levels.
To achieve the goals above, My State needs to come up with a set of standards in education that all schools should adopt. These set of standards are state standards and should be adopted in every state school for uniformity. The state standards detail what learners are required to know in English, Arts, and Mathematics when they complete each grade and implementing tests that measure if the students met the set standards. The set of standards seeks to establish a common ground for each student across every state and make sure that all the students who graduate from high school are fully prepared to take credit-bearing courses or college programs and later join the job market.
The state sets of required standards improve the education for all students. The general education students can compete in the same platform due to the standardized assessments. The special education and English language students, as well as the gifted students, are provided with a conducive environment for learning while the content they are required to learn is outlined for each grade.
The standards of education can be implemented through their incorporation in all levels of learning to improve the quality of education accessed by all students. Implementation of high-quality instruction in each classroom that is learner-centered and striving to meet the learner’s personal goals as well as academic goals and seeking to maximize the student’s potential can be one way of implementing the set of standards.
Implementation of the set of standards can be achieved through strong district and leadership building. By developing, supporting and sustaining a top-quality education system, the state is guaranteed of a collaborative workforce in education that is a great step into ensuring that the quality of education in all levels and types of classrooms that include general education, special education, and vocational training.
It is more effective to adopt state standards because they are easily controlled and funded by the state and create uniformity across the state. The materials required to support this adoption are standardized curriculum, syllabus, and assessment across the state. Teachers should be trained and certified by a uniform body to make sure that they are equipped with similar skills to carry out the professional requirements.
Policy makers, government leaders, principals, teachers in different specialties and points of view, students and parents agree to this adaptation and its implementation because it is directed at creating a harmonized output where learners leaving the institutions of learning have been exposed to similar curriculum and learning environment.