History And Politics Of Education

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The History and Politics in the Demographics of Education

Education is a fundamental aspect of society in the United States of America. In order to comprehend how the current education system is at its present state, one must observe the major factors that have affected the education system. Demographics are leaving an everlasting imprint on U.S. education, spanning back to the late nineteenth century at Harvard University (Du Bois 364). According to Norman Eng (Adjunct Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College and education researcher/writer (Eng 282)), “Simply, demographics tell us what issues we are dealing with and what kind of society we are becoming” (Eng 272). It is the guiding factor in determining what course of action is necessary for progress to be attainable. As time progresses, many efforts, such as the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, are created to limit the negative effects of having multiple groups of people in one education system. This research report will analyze how education reform has changed and examine both the positive and negative effects that lead to the current state of education in the United States to answer the question: how has the history and politics of education reform in the past two centuries of U.S. education impacted the demographic trends in education?
In 1888, William Edward Burghardt "W. E. B." Du Bois, an African American graduate of Harvard University, understood the logic behind separating racial groups to guarantee a proper…
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