Federaleducation policies are essential guidelines that influence theoperations in the classroom, and eventually, they determine howstudents will turn out to be. Some of the key policy areas includeRace to the Top, Every Student Succeeds and College- and Career-ReadyStandards. The effectiveness of this policies is a subject ofresearch. This paper examines the efficiency of the policies and whatI would change if I were president.
Federaleducation policies have been effective in reducing inequalities amongschools and students. Disparities within the schooling system haveoften been byproducts of racial segregation, economic inequality andunequal access to structures of power. Federal educational policieshave struggled against local actors to improve educational outcomesfor children and to equalize educational opportunities (Reed, 2014).The enforcement of policies such as Race to the top and Every StudentSucceeds have eliminated disparity by ensuring that every child canaccess equal educational prospects despite their background.
Reed (2014) argues that Federal education policies are not effective.The major factor influencing the futility is what he refers to asoperational localism which seeks to develop a localist politics ofeducation in each community in the United States. The differentapplication of the policies in various states, results to a scenarioin which the standards do not meet the needs of the entire society inequal proportion.
IfI Were President What I would Change about Federal Education Policies
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and National Geographic,conducted a survey in May 2016 to examine what university and collegestudents know about the environment, economics, geography, the USForeign Policy and recent events in the international frontier. Mostof the students interviewed failed miserably (The Council on ForeignRelations, 2016). The lack of awareness by university students onsuch matters demonstrates that there is indeed a problem with theFederal Education Policies, especially the Career-Ready Standards.
IfI were president, I would propose modifications to the Federaleducation policy specifically the College- and Career-ReadyStandards. One reason for recommending a change of the standard isbecause it emphasizes more on aligning the set principles with theobjective to improve assessment, instruction, and curriculum to makethe students ready for the workplace. By focusing on principles thatprepare the learners for the work environment, the education criteriaadopted by Federal governments will not provide compressive knowledgethat is needed to operate in the context of the rest of the world. Itis essential for students to understand and recognize thesignificance of events that take place around the globe. The surveyby The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and National Geographicwhich disclosed that students are not conscious of the US foreignpolicy, is a clear demonstration of a failure of the educationsystem.
Aspresident, I would change this policy by ensuring that learners donot only focus on their careers but rather, they should developknowledge that gives them skills to deal with the externalenvironment. We do not live in a vacuum, but rather, in a globalenvironment. Activities that take place in other countries can alsosignificantly affect our economy and social lives. Consequently, Iwould promote the integration of broader standards that can alsoteach students about the rest of the world and our foreign policies.
The above discussion has examined the effectiveness of Federaleducation policies. The paper argues that the policies have beeneffective in reducing inequality. The standards have also offeredequal opportunities for learners despite their background. The paper,however, acknowledges the ineffectiveness of the policies whicharises from their inability to meet the needs of the entire societyin equal proportion. In conclusion, a critical area of policy changethat I would transform if I were President is the College- andCareer-Ready Standard.
Reed,D. (2014). Buildingthe Federal Schoolhouse: Localism and the American Education State.Oxford University Press.
TheCouncil on Foreign Relations. (2016). WhatCollege-Aged Students Know About the World: A Survey on GlobalLiteracy.CFR.