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Transcript of Education
Public v. Private
Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Mandated standardized testing
Education: "the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge, developing the powers of reasoning and judgment, and generally preparing oneself or others intellectually for a mature life"
Boys and girls were often schooled in different manners, on different subjects. They also received different levels of education.
Exploring the differences & opportunities
Government-supported schools were available directly after the Revolutionary War
There has been a sharp decline in the number of STEM degrees America produces
STEM careers are important for the well-being of the country
Athletics and Education
Historically, rich families and middle class families studied different subjects
Rich: Literature, mathematics, poetry, prayer and reading
Middle Class: Ancient languages, astronomy, farmstead management, community etiquette
Girls only learned enough to read bibles and manage domestic expenses
Boys traveled to England to further their education
The High School Movement caused exponential growth of secondary schools
(1910) Less than 20% attended secondary
(1940) Over 73% attended secondary
More funding for elementary and secondary schools
Known to produce higher test scores
Better math and science scores
More students aspire to post-secondary education
Said to be lower performing
Less aspiration for post-secondary education
Thought to be less divisive
Public v. Private
Based on heavily on socioeconomic status
Allocation of resources and higher discipline level in private schools
Private schools are proven to produce more well-rounded students
Only 16% of students even have an interest in a STEM profession, and are at least proficient in math and science
There are more foreign students studying STEM subjects in the US than domestic students
The Obama administration announced an "Educate to Innovate" initiative to boost STEM interest
This initiative better funds STEM programs and fields.
Prayer in schools
Some families find school prayer offensive
Different religions coexist in public schools
Harry Potter, The Bible, of Mice and Men
Court concludes: It is the job of the Board of Education to protect the students
Opinions are split on the issue
Many parents believe they should determine when and how their child learns about sex
Some believe that schools should bring back he paddle
School lunches are
are served nationally in school lunch programs. However, nutritionists criticize, saying the food is unhealthy.
The "Let's Move" Campaign stresses the importance of healthy choice options and getting exercise daily.
Some coaches prefer to let athletes play regardless of GPA simply to keep them in school
Less than 2% of college athletes make it to the professional level, so this is impractical
Certain schools have mandatory study halls, or have a policy that forces players to sit out until their GPA rises
School uniforms encourage togetherness among socioeconomic statuses.
Some parents claim they can't afford uniforms
Teachers are required to teach a curriculum without expanding the minds of students
This leads to increased use of media as a form of alternative education
Teachers should attempt to integrate what's new and popular with traditional teaching methods
Diversity of student population is yet another issue in modern education
It prepares students for their future workplace in which all races will be
In conclusion, education in America has made great strides in attempting to make education more fair, just, and acceptable.
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