Why do we do school?

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To understand the problems of the educational system, we must first understand how society defines society. “Education the process by which a society transmits knowledge, values, and expectations to its members so they can function in society.” (Ferris & Stein, 2010) Education is theoretically a process for the members of society to remain aware of what is going on in the world around them. In society, education is used to pass down generations of information. It also provides a person with basic knowledge about the rules and regulations of society; we also learn what happens when we break those rules. Sadly, this is not reality. Education today is faced with a plethora of problems. Since I left my mother’s womb, education was one of…show more content…
In the publication of A Nation at Risk (The National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1983), we find a fine example of how American ideologies cause great strife in our children’s education. A Nation at Risk was a report that surfaced shortly after the launch of Sputnik. In 1957, the Soviet Union became the first country to successfully launch an artificial satellite into Earth’s orbit. The announcement of the groundbreaking event became a crisis in the eyes of the American people. The launch of Sputnik instigated part of the Cold War called Space Race. In addition to the fierce tensions and battles the launch of Sputnik caused, in 1983, the board of education published A Nation at Risk. This publication has proven to be a momentous occurrence in the history of American education. A Nation at Risk played on America’s fear of losing its position as number one. The repost basically said that we were at risk of losing security, freedom, and essentially everything that makes America great. The report also urged American schools to work our students harder. We needed our students to be better at math and science so that they would be well prepared to face any other countries. This is what started the influx of standardized testing, homework, and generally stressing our children. The report goes on to imply that the blame of education lag should be placed on teachers who do not work hard
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