Improving Education in the US: A Political Paradox

Improving Education in the US: A Political Paradox

Improving Education in the US: A Political Paradox

Improving Education in the US: A Political Paradox

Synopsis

So many studies have been carried out, so many experimental schools have shown success, and so many special interests have stood in the way of making real changes. Voters, reformers, and those who lead public opinion need to know more about what has been tried, what has worked, what has failed, and why; and how it is that other countries sometimes out-perform our schools.

The author considers the genesis of public schools in the United States, various aspects of public education systems from elementary school through university, trends in education and reform, and issues that still need to be addressed. The book contains information about public and private organizations, think tanks, institutions, and governmental bodies involved in public education reform. The author shows that the existing approaches to improve education are based on the same foolish idea that as long as the government spends enough on education, improvement is sure to follow. The bond between education and politics hinders progress in education. The problems facing schools as well as the recommended solutions are considered.

The author believes that multiple research attempts to improve the functioning of the existing education system has failed to bring any tangible results because experts in system analysis, operation research and optimal theory, who are able to approach complex problems, were excluded from this process. He uses his knowledge in these areas to explain what should be done for educational progress to become reality.

Excerpt

The United States is a world power with a poor educational system — what a paradox! — and bickering over education reform may be a permanent feature of American society. In a further paradox, much of the problem lies outside the schools themselves but rests in the chaotic amalgam of competing bureaucrats, boards, associations, agencies and unions that make up the education “system,” the broad social environment, and political divides.

In the past fifty years, despite all the wrangling between the two main political parties, the nation has been unable to develop a successful education strategy. Even among politicians there is a mindboggling lack of cohesion and consensus on public education. Although representatives of both parties advocate a good education for children, Democrats insist on increasing federal involvement in education accompanied with lavish federal funding while Republicans oppose the intensive involvement.

From elementary school to the university level, Improving Education in the US navigates readers through the confusing and often contradictory information about the problems facing education. The book shows the deficiency of the existing education system and compares it to more efficient, effective systems. It explains the basics of the organizational structure of education, the role of the federal government, state governments, and local governments in running school systems and how they are all different. The author considers various aspects of public education systems from elementary school through university, the genesis of public schools in the United . . .

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