Randi Weingarten once said, “A high-quality public education can build much-needed skills and knowledge. It can help children reach their God-given potential. It can stabilize communities and democracies. It can strengthen economies.” Weingarten, an American activist, illustrates the need for educational reform as a life raft for future generations. We must incorporate what is best for the students by helping further develop their education and not what will get us the most funding possible.
TERM PAPER – PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION Education and democracy INTRODUCTION: A society is full of people with diverse needs and interests. The functioning of a society requires solidarity and it should be based on rules and regulations which is best for its people. Democracy is a method through which the individuals have the ability to run a government through direct influences on them or through indirect means or modes of having power over the governments functioning. How will a society be considered to be of a democratic nature? Education is seen as an important feature towards creating a best form of democracy.
Education is not limited to books only but it also teaches us the way of life, dignity and respect of people, fundamental rights of people and gives us the concept of equality. Some people believe that education is not the only way to success. They believe that a person can become successful with the help of experiences. According to them education is nothing without experience. But I think at some point in life a person can become stagnant because of the deficiency of education.
Children with special educational needs will have the opportunity to receive the same standard of normal schooling. Experts and scholars advocated integrated education because students with special educational needs should be educated with ordinary students in the general class (Gartner & Lipsky, 1987; Giangreco & Putnam, 1991) The ideas of teaching everyone without discrimination avoid the label effect of between disabilities and the normal people. Also, it provides the concept of the zero refused. The integrated education includes the educational philosophy of zero refused, integration of the class arrangement, barrier-free learning environment, cross-team education services and individualized education program (Ms. Fu, n.d). The government though that integrated education can improve overall educational effectiveness and cost effectiveness.
The teacher is therefore a member of the community who should support in the development of the child without being authoritarian. The curriculum should reflect the values of society and these should be continuously developed. Dewey was therefore concerned with participatory
A quality education is a rudimentary obligation in world educational market. The objectives of quality education can only be attained by means of some innovatory changes to make sure healthier planning leadership style, meaningful research and better educational governance. Effective principal’s leadership style is one of the main features that has been observed as essential for institutional success. A talented principal delivers way for the school and lead cohorts towards attaining desired goals. To achieve all the educational goals a suitable and competent leadership is required.
In schools throughout the world, there is a need to improve teaching and learning of students because a high-quality and equitable education is recognized as a key to the success of people and society (OECD, 2012; OECD, 2015). It is acknowledged that traditional operating model of schools is incapable of dealing with demands of knowledge based society (Sahlberg, 2011; Barath, 2013), and thus the teaching profession is challenged (OECD, 2005). In order to provide students with opportunities to learn competences needed in contemporary and in future societies, schools have to change their operating models. One effective strategy for improving teaching and learning has been developing schools as professional learning communities (DuFour & Mattos, 2013; Hargreaves & Fullan, 2012; Sigurðardóttir, 2010; Barber & Mourshed, 2009; Vescio, Ross, & Adams, 2008; Timperley, 2008). Professional learning community, as an object of a research, is a complex, multidimensional phenomenon and the literature shows a variety of approaches.
Without education life would be disastrous. We are trying our best to make education global and accessible for every one particularly the poor and the disable. Apparently, people may become more useful and civilised if better educated. In areas where residents are not able to receive an appropriate education, life cannot be as thriving and prosperous as locations where there is a high standard for
Public education is the backbone of American democracy. In the words, of Benjamin Franklin “laying such a foundation of knowledge and ability as, properly improved, may qualify [individuals] to pass through and execute the several offices of civil life, with advantage and reputation to themselves and country” (Jamieson 66). Without public education, democracy would not be able to thrive. In an ideal public education system, everyone is entitled to equal access and equity in order to learn how to be prepared to participate in democratic society. However, inherent inequity in public education system as a result of segregation, both racially and socioeconomically, causes marginalization of groups resulting in the inability to achieve this
It boldly opined, ‘’No people can rise above the level of its teachers.’’ It states that the ‘’status of the teacher reflects the socio-cultural ethos of a society.’’ It has been recommended that: ‘’’the government and the community should Endeavour to create conditions which will help to motivate and inspire teachers on constructive and creative lines. Teachers should have the freedom to innovate, to devise appropriate methods of communication and activities relevant to the needs and capabilities of and the concerns of the community.’’ So Seminars, workshops, conferences and exchange programmes must be organized so that it would bring to light the necessity of enhancing the duration to two years and the nuances which could be introduced to yield such fruitful results as teaching is the mother of all professions and “the empires of the future are the empires of the mind”. Policy makers should bear in mind the needs of the nation and it should always be reframed such that it would serve the noble cause of nurturing the youth who are ultimately the stakeholders of any innovation. References Best, J.W & Kahn, J.V. (2008).