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Contemporary Issues & Influences in Education - Chapter Summary
This chapter's overview of contemporary issues and influences in education can help you get reacquainted with the purpose of public education, challenges in education and religious diversity in classrooms. Study bite-sized lessons to build your knowledge of these and other related topics. After completing this chapter, you will be able to:
- Outline social, political and cultural influences on the U.S. education system
- Describe the political, social, economic and cultural contexts for public schools
- Explain how schools are funded
- Discuss issues in educational reform
- Detail the role and impact of education on social inequality
- Share current trends and issues in education
- Exhibit knowledge of responses to pertinent issues in education
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1. US Education System: Cultural, Political & Social Influences
The educational system of the United States is a vast network of unique cultural, political and social influences. This lesson will explore this topic and will end with a brief quiz to test what you have learned.
2. What is the Purpose of Public Education?
Public education was conceived as a way to educate children in order to prepare them to be productive members of society. Learn how the goals and the role of the educator in the school improvement process have changed over time.
3. Public Schools: Political, Social, Economic & Cultural Contexts
In this lesson, we will discuss the different contexts operating in and around public schools. We will look at the public school system as it relates to political, social, economic, and cultural contexts of education.
4. How Are Schools Funded?
School funding seems like it would be a straightforward formula, but it isn't. This lesson describes the differing ways schools are funded and explains what each means.
5. What Is Educational Reform? - Issues & Timeline
Education reform has transformed schools in the United States from rigid institutions to diverse learning environments designed to meet the needs of all learners. Learn about some of the events that shaped this transformation and take a quiz to test your knowledge.
6. Challenges in Education: School Choice, Homeschooling, Special Needs & More
Current issues in education include school choice, educational vouchers, mainstreaming special needs students and teacher shortages. This lesson takes a sociological look at some of today's educational challenges.
7. Impact & Role of Education on Social Inequality
Schools are sometimes described as sorting machines that categorize students based on skills and interests. This process can perpetuate inequalities. This lesson explores the impact and role of education on social inequality.
8. Religious Diversity in Classrooms
Too often, religious diversity is treated as a taboo subject in the classroom. However, with the proper structure, discussing religious diversity is an excellent way to promote learning and development for all students.
9. Current Issues and Trends in Education
Education can be a hot-button topic for many people. New trends are emerging that are both controversial and encouraging. This lesson outlines issues and top trends.
10. Responding to Pertinent Issues in Education
In this lesson, we will explain how to respond to pertinent political, social, and economic issues that impact the educational environment both internally and externally.
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