Education : Education Of Preservice Teachers And 2 ) Emphasis On High Stakes Testing Essay

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This problem stems from two issues: 1) education of preservice teachers and 2) emphasis on high stakes testing. First, elementary education programs focus on the modern two cores, English and mathematics, paying only lip service to science and social studies. This leads to teachers becoming unconformable with the content in these two subjects. This level of uncertainty produces a focus away from social studies and a focus on the other two contents. The second reason for the marginalization of social Studies in the elementary classroom is high stakes testing that places great importance on mathematics and English, but barely recognizes the role social studies plays in a student’s education. Teachers recognize this discrepancy and naturally chose to downplay the role of any subject other than English and mathematics. After all, they will be graded based on how their students do on the standardized test that places little focus on social studies.
What has been lost in this transition away from social studies is the great impact it has had on students. This trend away from social studies in elementary schools across the nation has gained some public attention. On March 26, 2006 the New York Times wrote an article titled, “Schools Cut Back Subjects to Push Reading and Math.” The article focused on all content areas that had lost time during the school day due to inflating the time devoted to the above mentioned subjects. Sam Dillion (2006) conducted a teacher survey across

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