The Underlying Irony Behind The American Education System Essay

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The underlying irony behind the American education system is the fact that the people are constantly calling for a better education for all students, yet reforms put in place often don’t change anything, or make the education worse for the children. For decades, people from the presidential cabinet to the local boards of education have been trying to figure out a way to make their schools look good. It’s always been about the test scores showing improvement amongst students, and nothing to do with the fact that most tests don’t test what children actually know. In Connecticut, I grew up taking the Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMTs), and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT), and I have no idea what they proved or what information they provided for the teachers, other than the fact that I was put into the gifted program starting in fourth grade, and I was able to graduate once I achieved proficiency on one subject of the CAPT. In Lisa Delpit’s The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People’s Children, she discusses the issues brought upon by those who have power (most predominantly the white, upper and middle class families) trying to educate and figure out what’s best for other peoples (most those of minorities) children. Diane Ravitch’s The Death and Life of the Great American School System explores how the government has tried to change the education of the American child, yet hasn’t done their best when it comes to having a successful
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