National Standards And Public Education

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Education has longed to be a part of this countries foundation and unfortunately for a long time there has been differing opinions about the standards and curriculum of public education. “And for as long as American have fought the culture wars, they have debated the role of education, the institution most essential to ensuring the reproduction of national identity.” (Hartman, 2013) This essay will evaluate the sides for and against the creation of national standards in public education. The high stakes world of public education has created great concern along with trepidation about the future of the educational standards, as a result the current academically fluent students the current standards produces. When looking at the scriptures…show more content…
As a country we want to produce the best future leaders, citizens, and professionals in the work place. As such, when the investment in our student’s educational future is so high for so many reasons and effects so many different people, therefore it produces many different ideas about the way it should be done. The adage of too many chiefs and not enough Indians unfortunately has long been the case of public education. As a reference in the title of Andrew Hartman article sums it up best education is a “Trojan Horse” for hidden agendas. As Hartman’s articles present the beginning battle over education was at first religious in nature and at times still is. The battle over education continues as James Davison Hunter sociologist points out education is, “powerful symbols about the meaning of American life- the characters of its past, the challenges of the present and its future agenda”. (Hartman, 2013) With so much at stake one could wonder why we have not unified the educational system of this country with the creation of national standards. Public Education, as the term would apply, is a public entity, as such the members of the public community have an opinion of what, and how the system should work. Unfortunately, that voice is often muddled by the politics that in lies with the system. Each public or state
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