We need deep reforms in our education system, and those opposed to change need to be called out. Before the pandemic hit, the reform movement wasn’t moving in unison. Missteps and backlash against controversial policies left old coalitions flailing, and differences between liberals and conservatives were exposed as litmus tests. We need to force change and hold the opposition accountable for standing in the way of our students’ needs.
Problems with modern education system
The formal education system was designed to meet the economic needs of an industrial age. Unfortunately, today’s economy has changed so quickly, the established system cannot keep up with the needs of a hyper-connected, global society. Here are 18 problems with the US education system. In some cases, these problems can be solved by expanding classrooms or dividing them into smaller ones. But for the most part, these challenges are a barrier to learning.
Anti-intellectualism and academic disengagement are rampant in the modern education system. Students of today’s digital age expect instant gratification, so school districts have lowered academic standards in an attempt to make sure that all learners are on equal footing. This has led to a deterioration of the educational system. As a result, students have a lower motivation to pursue higher education. Fortunately, changes in federal policy are already underway to address these issues. But before any changes are made, teachers must be trained to be advocates for change and speak out against unfair practices in education. Without their voices, change is impossible.
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There are a wide range of reasons that reform efforts in our education system have been pursued. While most are aimed at addressing societal problems, they are sometimes a response to particular social or economic conditions. For instance, recent education trends in the United States have shown several large achievement gaps that span geographic regions and income levels. In fact, McKinsey and Company found that education reform efforts in the U.S. had created an “economic equivalent of a permanent national recession.”
The A Nation at Risk report shocked the United States and galvanized a nationwide call for education reform. This report was followed by several other critical reports on education and the education system, including the Education Commission of the States and the Committee for Economic Development. The efforts of these organizations led to two decades of education reform in our country. In fact, the recent national education summit in Charlottesville, Virginia, was a significant step in making education reforms more effective.
Need for change
Changing school policies is a way to make them better. But such changes are not always easy to achieve. They might be opposed by certain groups or by the administration. However, everyone has the right to change policies, as long as it does not harm students or the educational system. The following are some changes that may be worth considering:
First of all, the current educational system is not designed to provide wider benefits to the mass population. As technology and communication advances, the pace of change and the need for mass education increases. The government cannot continue to provide adequate support for educational institutions to provide additional functions to the general population. Further, the current educational system cannot provide the same quality of education to everyone. Ultimately, a change in education is necessary for a country to achieve economic progress.