Education Reform Essay

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Education Reform

Education reform could be considered as one of the most highly debated issues of today. People of many different backgrounds from many different locations have many different opinions on how children in this country should be taught. In this incredibly broad debate, one of the most highly discussed issues is that of a multicultural education. The problem with this topic is that the many different people who have an opinion on the issue have many different definitions of what a multicultural education should be. Perhaps if the ideas behind a multicultural education were defined more clearly, the issue would be easier to talk about and the seemingly circular argument that is education reform could move towards a definite
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A training session does not compare to real life experience, and teachers will learn as they continue to teach and interact with different types of students. To some extent, environment will also affect teaching methods, but, as Lisa Delpit points out, some teaching ideas can be universal. "I learned that children should be in control of their own learning, and that all children would read when they were ready" (Delpit, 12). The universal themes that Delpit discusses bring up another debate within the realm of a multicultural education. The curriculum issue deals with how much the location of a school should determine what is taught within that school. Stan Karp has dissected the recent troubles within New York public schools, and thinks that local education must be determined within a local forum. As he states, "The added rounds of education, organizing, and political struggle it takes to turn progressive policy into actual practice must occur at the school and community level " (Levine, 27). While this statement has some merit in that the details of all educational goals must be decided in the community it affects, a national education must be implemented as well. A base curriculum that covered basic goals for education at different levels of schooling would eliminate further polarization of different ethnicities. While local "touch" would definitely improve the quality of any education, a strong national education which requires certain aspects

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