Improving Public School: Establishing a Culture of Respect
The first step to revitalizing public education is establishing a culture of respect. A culture of self and community respect would dramatically reduce some of the disruptive behavior that complicates learning and induces disruptive tendencies. When these tendencies become habits that spread throughout a student culture, the ensuing conflict, confusion, and poor attitudes towards education diminish the effectiveness of a learning environment. Poor attitudes lead to a cultural devaluation of education on the students’ list of priorities.
The Importance of Placing a High Value on Education
Generally, in public schools, particularly in low to moderate income communities, the value that is placed on education is insufficient. The lack of resources committed to disadvantaged public school districts exacerbates the insufficiency. When students attend schools with crumbling infrastructure and inferior learning material, it is demoralizing to both students and teachers. This demoralizing environment diminishes drive and creates a culture among students where they begin to believe school is just a waste of time. As a result, young people subjected to these conditions are less likely to strive for academic excellence. The Chicago Urban League has demonstrated a commitment to educational and economic development. To find out more click https://www.thechicagourbanleague.org/domain/4
Educational Success Should be a Priority
Restoring educational success as a priority on the cultural chart of values would benefit society. It would benefit public school students and teachers by improving the quality of the learning environment in a number of ways. (1) It would make the teaching profession more satisfying for public school teachers. (2) It would benefit colleges because their enrollees will be better prepared to succeed and excel in a college environment. This would benefit employers by expanding the pool of prospective employees who have the skills, attitude, and commitment that would immediately add value to a company. Finally, it would help the economy. Preparing students to fill the jobs of the future – jobs where America maintains a comparative economic advantage is necessary to strengthen the middle class and the economy.
Designing a Program to Improve Public Education
In designing a program that will accomplish the goal of improving public education, a cooperative effort is needed. It takes a concerted effort from students, teachers, parents, colleges, private sector employers, and government. They must communicate, combine their efforts, and map out strategies to get maximum production from the school system. Any program should have a curriculum that emphasizes career guidance. Students should be able to fit in seamlessly at each academic or occupational level. It would be beneficial if school administrators stay in constant contact with college representatives to keep abreast of what skills will be required for students to succeed in college. Private sector employers should be in constant communication with college representatives and high school administrators to keep them informed of what skills will be needed to prepare students to fill the evolving jobs of the future.
The Role of Private Sector Employers
Private sector employers can play a significant role in increasing the future employability of public school students. Private sector employer, with the benefit of tax credits, can provide incentives for teachers to train excellent students. They can also provide reward incentives to students who win academic contests. Prestige and material gain can be motivational factors for students or teachers. Academic contests would also stimulate competition – a necessary part of career success. The benefits for private sector companies that participate include: good public relations recognition, possible tax credits, and a hand in shaping potential future employees.
Achieving optimum effectiveness entails creating a culture where the teaching profession is appreciated. A system that provides recognition for teaching excellence would boost teacher morale and inspire a renewed commitment to helping students achieve academic excellence. An increase in recognition, flexibility, and opportunities to be innovative would provide incentives for young talented people to consider teaching. It would also help if we end the practice of using standardized tests to demonize public school teachers.
Standardized Tests are not a Panacea
Using standardized tests as unequivocal evaluators of academic performance is unfair to districts in disadvantaged communities. Due to the differences of every child’s situation, it’s not feasible for uniform tests to be the sole basis for measuring academic outcomes. Cultures, family situations, and students’ ability to focus should be considered as factors that may influence academic outcomes.
Factors that are Often Overlooked
We must be aware that disparities in cultural stability create inequalities in the varying learning environments. These inequalities are often manifested in underperformance and the subsequent devaluation of education among students from low to moderate income communities. People often prefer to focus on their strengths; therefore, ego may cause students from low performing schools to embrace a cultural attitude that trivializes high academic performance. It is our challenge as a society to reinforce the importance of education as it pertains to increasing career opportunities. The more successful a person is academically, the more career opportunities he or she will have.
Strategies for Maximizing Student Performance
Maximizing student performance in a way that prepares them for careers requires a unified effort from students, teachers, parents, and city councils. This should include applying learned principles, administering standardized tests, and organizing competitive, curriculum-based events that allow students to showcase their abilities. It is important that students continue to grow in their ability to solve problems, think critically, comprehend, and compete. Cultivating these coveted skills would provide an excellent foundation for creating a program that prepares students for career success.
Public School Improvements Relative to Economic Growth
Sustaining our economic superiority requires us to prepare students for the jobs of the future. With the expansion of globalization, free trade, cheap foreign labor, and technological advances, the manufacturing and factory jobs that have been lost must be replaced by innovation, training in advanced technologies, and creating jobs in industries where we maintain a comparative economic advantage. The United States future as an economic power, featuring authentic career opportunities depends on our investment in human capital. The people who have the greatest potential for growth are students who come from the public school system. The following link describes our plan. https://realinfo2action.com/education-info