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Were there any public education reform trends in 2016?

Ed reform is probably on every politician’s agenda once they get elected. I have noticed a common trend in the education reform topics that politicians have especially concerning public education reform. I have a school assignment that requires me to discuss education reform 2016. I am planning to discuss the common trends witnessed in 2016 because I think I will have a lot to write about if I choose this angle. Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of information about educational trends in the year 2016. What were some of the reforms that were suggested?

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Zach Chandler on February 27, 2018

You are right. Most politicians promise to make amazing Ed reforms when they get in power. This is because the education system in most parts of the world is less than stellar. A lot of changes need to be made in order to make education close to perfect for the future generations. Most countries experience the same challenges in education. This is probably why you have noticed a common theme in the reform education topics that are raised by politicians especially in relation to reforming public education.

In 2016, the people who were running for office raised a number of issues concerning education. Some of the education reforms in 2016 that got the most attention include:

  • Alternative Teacher Certification: In the United States, the nation faced a shortage of teachers. Therefore, a number of states suggested that to combat the issue, they should come up with alternative teacher programs which would aim at providing certifications to degree holders so that they can offer teaching services even if they did not study to practice teaching. However, every person who decides to get this certification is required to pass their examinations and demonstrate an ability to offer teaching services. The political leaders believe that this will help in improving the quality of education because there will be more trained teachers in the education system.
  • Improved School Lunches: This has been a common topic ever since the former first lady, Michelle Obama introduced the ‘Let’s Move’ campaign back in the year 2010. States are trying to make changes in school lunches to introduce healthy foods so that they can reduce the incidence of obesity. In 2016, a lot of political leaders raised the issue of health and wellness in schools. Not only in relation to the students’ diet but also in their physical activity.
  • Grants and Loans: A number of political leaders also addressed the issue of post-secondary education costs. Many hold the opinion that post-secondary education is very expensive and that citizens should be given access to financial aid so that many students can go to college and get the opportunity to further their education beyond high school.

In 2016, there wasn’t a lot of talk about the school curriculum. Most of the discussions and suggestions aimed at making the school environment and the learning experience better for students Most of these policies have not yet been introduced but they would really change education in the US.

Larry Warrena year ago

The major Ed reform that most aspiring politicians wanted to focus on in the year 2016 was the issue of quality education for students. Year after year, teachers experience a lot of challenges trying to achieve all their objectives. They try to come up with teaching plans that are tailored to every student’s needs, teach every student at their pace and at the same time comply with everything the government expects them to do. In 2016, politicians hoped to come up with a policy that would make it easier on teachers but at the same time ensure all students get quality lessons and an education that adds value and makes them experts in their fields. This is where the issue of certification for degree holders came about. It would not only make it possible for students to be taught by trained professionals but would create numerous job opportunities for degree holders who are unable to secure employment in the field they studied for.


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