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
Introduction to the course: Reforming the US Education System
Part 1 Concluding Thoughts: The Political and Social Forces that have Shaped the American School
Teacher Recruitment and Retention
Class Size Reduction
Equity and Adequacy in Expenditure
Part 2 Conclusion: Teacher Policy Reform
The Federal Role
Part 3 Conclusion: Linking School and Student Accountability
School Choice Theory
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- Harvard University
- Online Course
- 1-3 Months
- Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
- Digital learning Education System US Policies