Politics And Education : Past And Present

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Politics and Education: Past and Present Politics has had its hand in education as far back as the first settlers in the 1600’s when laws were passed to require towns to hire a schoolmaster to teach the children to read and write. However, the hand of politics in education has become heavier since the 1960’s. Parents, educators and politicians became much more interested and concerned about the progress of the students in the United States as compared to students in other countries, so the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) was established in 1969 to assess students’ knowledge and mastery of subject matter and to report the findings in the Nation’s Report Card. Through the years there have been many changes in education based on political policies with one of the most recent being the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015. In this paper, I will look at the political policies that have changed the face of education throughout the years and how these national policies have also affected our education in Mississippi. Partially due to the launch of Sputnik by the Russians in 1957, the United States became very determined to improve its educational system so that we could continue to compete with other countries. To assist with this effort, it was determined that there should be a method of assessing student progress over time and a committee was formed through funding from the renewal of the Elementary and
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