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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 is intended to shape children into thriving students ready for adulthood. Learn about the enduring purpose of public education, the 4C's of education, and the need for support for teachers, including through professional learning communities.
3. Public Schools: Political, Social, Economic & Cultural Contexts
Public schools are the place where children do the most of their learning and socialization to prepare for adulthood. Delve into the political, social, economic, and cultural contexts of public schools and their role in society.
4. How Are Schools Funded?
Schools raise funds through a variety of sources, from government funding to private investments. Analyze the ways that the finances of private schools, public schools, and title funds are generated and spent.
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
Providing education to at risk or special needs students can be challenging but there are ways to work around the needs of these populations. Learn more about the challenges of school choice, home schooling, special needs, and how educators overcome them.
7. Impact & Role of Education on Social Inequality
The quality of education and how it is administered to a population can have an impact on social inequality if it is not a fair process. Learn more on the functions of school, stratification processes, inequalities, and how they occur in education.
8. Religious Diversity in Classrooms
Teachers should discuss religious diversity in the classroom. Learn why religious diversity matters, the role of the teacher, and the applications in elementary school and middle/high school.
9. Current Issues and Trends in Education
Current issues in education have to do with differing views about standardized tests, socioeconomics and educational equity, and adaptive learning. Learn how these issues differ with the current trends in education, changes in the higher education system made in response, the advent of online education, and standards-based learning.
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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