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Because of the way issues of political and social differences have infiltrated educational policy and decision-making, students are not being offered a sound way of dealing with diversity or understanding how to manage differences. Furthermore, in the midst of more large scale debates centering upon sociopolitical questions, there are more concrete problems that are not being dealt with such as the issue of cheating in schools and even the imbalance and potential unfairness of the grading system.
In many cases, it seems that the problems in the schools are related to an inability to make important decisions about the future of education in America.
Instead of focusing on the areas of true and immediate significant importance and value, time is being wasted by infighting and indecision. Instead of wasting time of these debates, the larger issues that have an effect on the system as a whole and outcome of educated young people should be addressed and these other side arguments should be saved until a time comes that education in America is improved.
One of the problems with the American education system is that it has yet to form a consensus about the role of religion in the classroom.
While this is not a statement meant to argue whether or not religion has a valid place in the public schools, it is fair to state that this is certainly an area of contention as opposing sides attempt to standardize how religion is treated, particularly in textbooks.
It is not just the teaching of religion that has become taboo…It is the teaching of religion" Goodman 1. No matter where one stands in the midst of this controversy, it is necessary to at least admit that a large portion of Western history revolves around religious ideas.
As a result of this fact, it seems as though these textbook publishers who are afraid to include anything of a religious nature are doing students a disservice since they are denying the legitimate reasons for many historical and social truths of history.
In other words, political correctness and oversensitivity about religious issues have clouded education and caused students to have a rather skewed view of society since they are only being offered a rather whitewashed version of it.
As her statement also makes clear, American education cannot gloss over history and society without cheating students out of a deeper understanding of differences in opinion.
By offering young people only one narrow way of thinking because of political reasons, it limits their scope and ability to deal with such social difference later in life. Education is not becoming more ineffective simply because of political wrangling about the role of religion in schools, but also because there is a lack of understanding about moral issues, such as plagiarism.
When it has been suggested that out of the top American students many cheated and had ambivalent views about it, it becomes clear that there is a lapse in ethical lapse in the system itself.
Moreover, most saw cheating as a minor infraction" Raspberry 1. It is not just that so many students are cheating but that so few think it is not a major issue. This disparity in what students believe about plagiarism and what they practice highlights a significant shortcoming in the education system since it seems it only teaches young people what is wrong but does not perhaps address how they should apply this to their lives.
Again, one must wonder if the fear of controversy over moral issues has extended so far that it is shortchanging students of valuable information that will allow them to make informed, responsible, and ethical decisions.
Instead of getting caught up in debates of great magnitude the role of religion in schools, for instance these questions should still be posed but should also take into account that children need to be taught important ethical lessons while the argument rages on.
Another important issue that must be addressed in order to help save the deteriorating state of the American educational system is that of the grading system. In other words, even though there is an ages-old debate about the grading system it is generally something that comes and goes yet is without a great deal of merit.
In many ways, it seems as though there is a great deal of time being wasted within the educational system on the part of educational researchers, critics, students, and even teachers about this supposed problem.
Instead of focusing on legitimate issues such as cheating again it seems there are useless or debates that cannot be won that are taking up precious time and resources.The argument that more equal school funding has led to better educational outcomes in New Jersey is based on improved test scores and graduation rates.
From the standpoint of fairness, the main problem with tracking or ability grouping in classes is that. Our Education System Needs to Be Improved essaysOur Education System Needs To Be Improved Education plays an important role in our society, which is the key of success for our future.
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