Ideas for Reform in Public Schooling

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Educational Reform

While there are many ideas about how schools should look to reform themselves -- from arming teachers with guns (Koonce, 2016, p. 163) to simply closing failing schools with the hope that charter schools fill the void (Koonce, 2016, p. 137) -- there is really no easy or simple solution to how to reform schools in general.

Schools are essentially all unique -- with each one different because each one has its own culture, its own set of teachers, its own special qualities and its own special challenges. Ascribing a one-size fits all method of reform to schools is not likely to provide any kind of real solution. With this in mind, I think that reform must take place on an individual level -- and it can start in the simplest of ways, with teachers, for instance, simply taking the time to reduce the amount of stress that they encounter in the classroom and in their lives (Curwin, Mendler, 2008, p. 125). Taking stock of one's own environment and what oneself has to do to make it better is really where reform should start -- on the individual level with the individual teacher or administrator taking responsibility for him or herself. Accountability should definitely be something that happens on a more localized scale, which is an idea that is in keeping with the opinion of Diane Ravitch who "feels that a movement of control to the state level or to the mayor's office will undermine democratic deliberation and move toward a top-down business model" (Koonce, 2016, p. 150). Educational reform should therefore simply address the needs of teachers on an individual level, by giving them access to the tools they may need to perform at a high-quality level -- such as access to educational tools, counseling, support groups -- things of this nature.

The behavioral standards in school settings should be somewhat different than they are now: I feel that many schools are lax about some things and strict about others. It is difficult to say how important structure is or why dress codes are better than no dress codes; how much freedom of language a young student should have, or where to draw the line on subject matter and specific word usage. The behavioral standards should be based on cultural cues and directives -- but as society is in need of defining these itself expecting a school…

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