Saving Schools: Reforming the US Education System

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How did the US education system especially of schools fell below? What are the best ways of lifting the performance of American schools to a higher level?


Introduction

An overview of the past, present, and future of the public K-12 education of the US education system.

About this course

This course seeks to answer the question: how did a school system, once the envy of the world, stumble so that the performance in math, science, and reading of US students at age 15 fell below that of students in a majority of the world’s industrialized nations?

We start by identifying the personalities and historical forces of the progressives, racial desegregation, legalization, and collective bargaining that shaped and re-shaped US school politics and policy. We visit the places where new ideas and practices were spawned, and we look at some of their unanticipated consequences.

From there, we seek answers to a second question: What are the best ways of lifting the performance of American schools to a higher level? To explore these questions, we look at the ideas and proposals of those who want to save our schools be it by reforming the teaching profession, holding schools accountable, or giving families more school choices. In interviews with reform proponents and independent experts, we capture the intensity of the current debate. In the end, we do not find any silver bullets that can magically lift schools to a new level of performance, but we do pinpoint the pluses and minuses of many new approaches to education reform.

What you will learn from this course on US education system?

  • The status of the US Education system compared to countries around the world;
  • The way in which teachers are currently paid and alternative proposals for paying teachers;
  • The finances and economics of education;
  • The theories and implementation of alternative schools of choice (via vouchers or charter schools) in the US;
  • The development and possible future for digital learning in the US

Syllabus

Introduction to the course: Reforming the US Education System

Week 1

Methodology

Week 2

The Challenge

Week 3

School Boards

Week 4

The Progressive Movement

Week 5

Desegregation

Week 6

Legalization

Week 7

Collective Bargaining

Part 1 Concluding Thoughts: The Political and Social Forces that have Shaped the American School

Week 8

Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Week 9

Teacher Compensation

Week 10

Reforming Teacher Pay

Week 11

Class Size Reduction

Week 12

Equity and Adequacy in Expenditure

Part 2 Conclusion: Teacher Policy Reform

Week 13

The Federal Role

Week 14

School Accountability

Week 15

National Standards

Week 16

Student Accountability

Part 3 Conclusion: Linking School and Student Accountability

Week 17

School Choice Theory

Week 18

School Vouchers

Week 19

Charters

Week 20

Digital Learning 

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PROS: Detail elaboration of how and why problems exist in today's educational system. Very useful and important video lectures. Know upliftment of the US education system.

Description

Introduction

An overview of the past, present, and future of the public K-12 education of the US education system.

About this course

This course seeks to answer the question: how did a school system, once the envy of the world, stumble so that the performance in math, science, and reading of US students at age 15 fell below that of students in a majority of the world’s industrialized nations?

We start by identifying the personalities and historical forces of the progressives, racial desegregation, legalization, and collective bargaining that shaped and re-shaped US school politics and policy. We visit the places where new ideas and practices were spawned, and we look at some of their unanticipated consequences.

From there, we seek answers to a second question: What are the best ways of lifting the performance of American schools to a higher level? To explore these questions, we look at the ideas and proposals of those who want to save our schools be it by reforming the teaching profession, holding schools accountable, or giving families more school choices. In interviews with reform proponents and independent experts, we capture the intensity of the current debate. In the end, we do not find any silver bullets that can magically lift schools to a new level of performance, but we do pinpoint the pluses and minuses of many new approaches to education reform.

What you will learn from this course on US education system?

  • The status of the US Education system compared to countries around the world;
  • The way in which teachers are currently paid and alternative proposals for paying teachers;
  • The finances and economics of education;
  • The theories and implementation of alternative schools of choice (via vouchers or charter schools) in the US;
  • The development and possible future for digital learning in the US

Syllabus

Introduction to the course: Reforming the US Education System

Week 1

Methodology

Week 2

The Challenge

Week 3

School Boards

Week 4

The Progressive Movement

Week 5

Desegregation

Week 6

Legalization

Week 7

Collective Bargaining

Part 1 Concluding Thoughts: The Political and Social Forces that have Shaped the American School

Week 8

Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Week 9

Teacher Compensation

Week 10

Reforming Teacher Pay

Week 11

Class Size Reduction

Week 12

Equity and Adequacy in Expenditure

Part 2 Conclusion: Teacher Policy Reform

Week 13

The Federal Role

Week 14

School Accountability

Week 15

National Standards

Week 16

Student Accountability

Part 3 Conclusion: Linking School and Student Accountability

Week 17

School Choice Theory

Week 18

School Vouchers

Week 19

Charters

Week 20

Digital Learning 

Note: Your review matters 

If you have already done this course, kindly drop your review in our reviews section. It would help others to get useful information and better insight into the course offered.

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  • EDX
  • Harvard University
  • Online Course
  • Self-paced
  • Beginner
  • 1-3 Months
  • Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
  • English
  • Digital learning Education System US Policies

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