The U.S. Education System.The Gift Of Education Is One

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The U.S. Education System The gift of education is one of the most important gifts a parent could ever give a child. I searched a few different definitions of the word “education” and it’s amazing how it has changed over the years. The first definition I found that was profoundly different from today’s definition was dated back in the 1800’s and it states “Education, noun [Latin educatio.] The bringing up, as of a child, instruction; formation of manners. Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations. To give children a good education in manners,…show more content…
A book titled “Guide to the education system in the United States” written by Antonella Corsi-Bunker states the goals of the US education system in the very end of her introduction. It say’s “An important value in American education is equal access. At all levels, the goal is for each learner to reach her or his potential, whatever that might be. We do not always reach this goal, and disparities remain. Nevertheless, the United States aspires to offer everyone opportunities to achieve as much education as they can”. (Bunker, no year given) Within the United States Education System one of the big ticket items to discuss are who should control the schooling of America’s children. Of course parents’ want a strong opinion in their child’s education which has often brought about controversial issues with government policies. Two very controversial and opposing issues within the education system are freedom of expression and school choice. The first of the two is the freedom of expression. Before the year 1960, schools would be the ones to decide what kind of teachings, subjects and material to which students were exposed too. This is when they still had prayers and Bible readings during school hours and also had students recite the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of the school day. However, during the 1960’s the Supreme Court ruled these activities

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