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What are the current education reforms in the US, what are the objectives of these reforms, which public school reform should we support and what are the possible barriers to such reforms?

High school reform in the United States has been among the most prominent key strategies that low performing schools are employing. Current educational reforms are the strategies that schools are coming up with because there has been increasing pressure to better the performance of students and enhance the skills needed to take part in effective global and national economies. It is the need to achieve this goal that has got many schools in the craze of whole school reform implementation. Please shed more light on public school reform.

Whitney Matthews

in Education News

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Kevin Sutter on February 27, 2018

Many schools have been employing entire school reform with the objective of bringing systematic change founded on the notion that an institutions performance can only be reinforced by a coherent vision and by a plan that takes consideration of every element of the school’s operation in altering the culture of the school or organization restructuring. While there might be variations in reforms, the recognition that a school is made up of several components is important. Such components interact and include administration, finance and teaching.

We would consider believing that reformers have genuine concerns and need to move from the status quo. They feel that there’s much that the education system can learn from what they do to make their businesses succeed. It is correct to think that way but along the way to education reform, they have chosen to focus on matters that don’t support the quality of education, resource distribution equity or addressing the English Learners’ needs.

If you believe that tech can make the education system meaner and leaner, then you have a point. Education institutions have become meaner and leaner. The school choice mirage, the great deal spent by foundations and hedge fund and the emergence of charter schools have created the illusion that there’s no need for a funding that is strong based for public schools.

Cartels that push for reforms in public school have been successful at convincing the public that:

  • we overpay teachers while they have several holidays in a year
  • that the size of the class doesn’t make a difference
  • irresponsible parents make schools bad and taxpayers feel they are paying for bad kids (usually black).
  • Money can’t fix anything in education
  • Teachers’ unions rip us off and maintain the status quo

These points have interfered with appropriate financing in institutions of education. Intentional or not, reformers’ strategies are starving public schools and making families to send their kids to private and charter schools.

The budgetary standpoint of the recent educational reforms is also evidenced by the move for short term educators. Teachers who are not around don’t get a pension and a recent graduate receives around forty percent of what experienced educators get. School districts are saved loads of money by such reforms in high schools but they have no quantifiable effect on educating students. What’s more, most reforms had been tried severally in the past but they failed.

Noel Byrda year ago

I will, in addition to the current reforms you have provided, give public school reforms which are recommended. To start with, authorities should support a culture that brings a balance between experimentation and accountability to enable change of practice by teachers and principals. Secondly, since the level of implementation and quality is essential in determination of results, authorities need to monitor strategies undertaken and changes in practice.

It is also essential to take note of possible barriers when implementing the reforms. Among the barriers are insufficient resources to see the implementation through. Secondly, the parents, parents and teachers may not have enough tine to initiate the newly introduced strategies. Discontinued professional development is another barrier since professionals are required in the implementation process. If the stakeholders do not understand what’s expected of them with regard to behaviour change, then implementation would not be as successful as it would be required to be by the reformers.

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