Welcome to The Times in Plain English   Click to listen highlighted text! Welcome to The Times in Plain English

American School Wars (2)

March 17, 2017
Plain English Version

A meeting in Richmond, VA to discuss new school plans. (Photo courtesy: Angelica Casas)

How we got here.

The last seventy years saw a lot of change in American education. The first great change came in 1954 from the U.S. Supreme Court. It was Brown vs. Board of Education. The Court ruled that “separate but equal education is unequal.” This ended racial segregation in schools.

Americans in the South woke up to a new day. But the court did not say how to remedy the problem. The answer was busing. Now, the North woke up to a new day. Busing became one of the biggest issues for sixty years. It still is.

Busing led to a movement of many white parents to send their kids to private schools. It is part of the reason that vouchers are becoming popular. Vouchers help support private schools.

Immigration brought large numbers of students into the schools. Many did not speak English. Many other youngsters came from poor families. These youngsters brought down the testing scores in many schools. Adjusting for these kids was a goal of the Obama’s “Every Student Succeeds Act” law.

Changes in evaluation techniques led to a class of children needing “special education.” It is a revolution in trying to teach youngsters with learning difficulties. The cost of special education raised the cost of schooling. It has led to parents fighting for their children to get better treatment. It has also led to programs to “mainstream” these kids to prepare them for adulthood.

While all this was going on, new ideas on how to best teach children flowered. The large numbers of children who lagged in the tests led to ideas like “pre-K” programs. Pre-K programs enroll children as young as three years of age. The success rates of these programs is still unknown

The new Secretary of Education supports vouchers. Which means she supports private schools. Religious orders run most private schools.  School issues divide communities.

Washington, the states, teachers, and parents do not seem to agree on solutions. When the goal is “the best interests of the children,” there are only strong opinions.

 

Print Friendly

Features

Eat Like You are Going in For Surgery

Prepare yourself for surgery. These are the same kind of things you can do to be healthy the year round....

Black People and the ‘Vegan Way’

Going vegan (becoming a vegetarian) is not news. That many black people are vegans is not news. But putting a...

Salt and High Blood Pressure are Partners

More Americans than ever have high blood pressure.

The link between salt (sodium) and hypertension (high...

Blood Pressure: Do You Need It?

Yes, you do. If you do not have blood pressure, it means you are dead. So we all need blood...

Archives

Dictionary
  • dictionary
  • English Dictionary

Double click on any word on the page or type a word:

Powered by dictionarist.com
Click to listen highlighted text!