There are several recent educational developments that are particularly important to me (many of these changes are the results of the first decade of the 21st century). The first major recent educational development is the continuing integration of technology in the classroom. Even though the internet and computers were around in the later part of the 20th century, not much was known about these machines in terms of the knowledge of the general public.
It wasn’t until the 21st century, when all of these machines were able to be put to good use. Several new styles of educating students have …show more content…
This observation can be supported through several facts in the evolution of American education.
In colonial times, there was only one group of people who essentially had the rights to a “good education”: rich White males. Everyone else was considered to be inferior toward this group of people (whether this was intentionally done or not). Many colleges (including Harvard) would not admit anyone who did not belong to this social class.
African Americans gained many opportunities to receive a “good education” after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Before the Emancipation Proclamation, most African American males and females who had desires to gain an education did not go to college. This was due to a sociological effect of the white-dominated society of the time. However, African Americans now have many of the same opportunities that Whites have in education. I say “many of the opportunities”, because I realize the fact that there will always be some form of bias in providing equality to different ethnic groups of people. The percentages of African Americans who attend and graduate college is much higher compared to the percentage in say …show more content…
However, I realize that there is always more week that can be done to make education more equal to everyone. With all of the evidence in the past three hundred years though, I feel as if we are definitely moving in the right direction towards absolute equality in education.
4. In what respect, if any, has education become professionalized, in your opinion?
Education has become professionalized in a couple of different ways in my opinion. First off, I feel as if the teaching is viewed in a more professional nowadays compared to how teachers were viewed one hundred or even two hundred years ago. When Benjamin Franklin began his academy, he had a quote that said that the students who did the poorest would probably end up being teachers to some degree.
This quote from Benjamin Franklin describes the societal views of the intelligence of teachers to me. Teachers were often viewed as the ones who tried to have big aspirations (say to study Medicine for an example), and failed in doing so. Teachers were often associated with the “bottom of the barrel” so to speak. However, since teacher education programs are now becoming more rigorous, the quality of teachers are increasing as