Main Focus: The whole Public school system needs a radical reconstruction that can only be achieved by privatizing the educational system – that is, by allowing education to become a for profit industry. With free enterprise comes competition – a competition that will provide a wide variety of learning opportunities and a superior education for all. The Voucher will act as a transition from the public system to the private. The Voucher (think like a coupon for educational services paid for by the tax payers) needs to be universal to create the initial drive for competition. No conditions will be attached to the acceptance of the Voucher.Importance to the Author: Raise awareness that education needs to be more localized (community and municipal-level) rather than from a federal perspective. The author has a passion for the educational system and wants to see the system improved.Importance to the Community of Educators: Having to push political agendas (ie. No Child Left Behind, State Curriculum, or standardized testing) could be frustrating for educators if it is getting in the way of the student’s ability to learn. Privatization could break the cycle and refocus the end goal – the learning of the child.Importance to the Prospective Teachers: The transition from one system (Public) to another (Private) could make any prospective teacher uneasy as to the security of the filed in which they have chosen to work in. If the system turns fully Private, would the qualifications for being a teacher be the same, better, or worse?Critical Analysis From the perspective of Schooling and the Marketplace, making schools private is the best way to do just that, turn schools into a marketplace. Apple and Hp could bid to get the technology contract while Pepsi and Coke bid to outfit the whole school. Moreover, the school could choose their own staff – EAs, specialists, highly qualified teachers. The problem – who pays for all of this once the Voucher is transitioned out? When the private system is fully in place would taxes stop? Would parents be expected to pay for their children? What would happen if families could not afford education? The system seems ideal, yet leaves out answers to difficult questions.5th Article Selling point of the private school could be better school lunch programs, which shown in our 5th article, increase academic achievement. Top Chefs will now sell schools.
1PED3102 LB PresentationSummaryIn order for the US to succeed in economic competition, depends on their ability to raise academic requirements and test scores. Test score levels should be equal or exceed those of competitors.Economic challenge has education at its roots. With more education and higher test scores, the problem will be solved. 2 claims for education policy: jobs will require more education and skills than those in the mid 80s and increases in test scores will have a powerful impact on productivity. Critical AnalysisAlthough jobs in the future may require more education it will not guarantee you will make more moneyMore money does not guarantee happiness or a better quality of lifeEconomic challenge does not solely have education at its roots: not looking at it from a money & political standpointTest scores may or may not impact productivity Link to 5th ArticleMore knowledge = ability to choose healthy foods while in schools, out at restaurants, in own homeHealthy foods are more costly so with more money you will be able to afford to eat healthy (fruits and veggies) Link to main ideaEducation is highly valued in society – stress that jobs in the future will require higher education and better results on test scores. If you want that perfect job then you better go to university, get a masters and PhD so you can live that ideal lifestyle and buy all the toys you want. Measuring success – with more knowledge you will get a better quality job that will pay you more money so you can afford the lifestyle you want.
Case Study: 2 views: Perspective of the student – not understanding why they are leaning what they are learning. Perspective of the teacher: believes that the full understanding of the lesson or the reason for studying what they are studying can only be determined once the lesson is over. Our approach – to be proactive and set out goals with the students – set out clear expectations with them so they know exactly why they are learning a particular subject matter or skill. Moreover, relate the skill/lesson with real life situations or realities.ERE: Our articles are American in content, so in our ERE we wish to focus more so on Canadian content if it is possible. We hope to stay open-minded and view the marketplace from a wide range of perspectives (students, teachers, parents, communities, corporations, ect.) We also hope to display both the positive and negative sides of schooling and the marketplace – we wish to not be bias by focusing on one side of the story.Conclusion: Related back to our 3 main points: education is valued, how is success measured, and that life is about choice.
Schooling and the Marketplace PED3102 IJ Tamara Brand,Amy Oswick, Ali Rushon & Andrea Stupak
Overview Poster Videos 3 Main Points Individual Article Analysis Case Study ERE/Closing
Major Ideas “THE POWER OF THE MARKET EDUCATION” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVtV-NGhmGM “INTRODUCTION TO SCHOOL CHOICE” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSHzuNUmGLw 1. Education is highly valued in society. 2. Measuring Success? 3. Life is about choice. Truth or a myth?
Article # 1: “Making the Grade” Malcolm Gladwell. Making the Grade. [The New Yorker, 15 September 2003].
“No Child Left Behind” Assembly Line for Students Standards ‘Defect-Free Students’ Standardized Testing How do you measure learning? ‘Feed Me Better Campaign’
Article # 2: “School Choice? Or is it Privatization?” Martin Carnoy. School Choice? Or Privatization? [Educational Researcher, 29 (7), 2000, p. 15-20].
The Educational Market:School Choice or Lack of? Debate over privatization Equality in education? Moral Education? The power of “VOICE”? BUREAUCRACY AND EDUCATIONAL MARKET!!! Educational outcome dependent on larger corporate interests. Example: http://www.healthedtrust.com/ Introducing healthy school meals and Educational Outcomes
Article # 3: “Public Schools; Making them Private.” Milton Friedman. Public Schools: Make Them Private. [Education Economics, 5 (3), 1997, p.341-344].
Schools as a Free Enterprise Public system needs radical reconstruction – privatization Free enterprise = competition The Voucher – only a transition, yet needs to be universal Critical Analysis Who pays? How it is a Marketplace?
Article # 4: “Education and Jobs; A Proactive View” Henry Levin. Education and Jobs: A Proactive View. [Education and Work, Conferencing Proceedings, vol. 1. Toronto: O.I.S.E., p. 61-69].
Key to SuccessEducation & Work In order to succeed in economic competition depends on ability to raise academic requirements and test scores Economic challenge has education at its roots Claims for education policy: 1. Jobs will require considerably more education than those in the mid 80s 2. Increase in test scores will have powerful impact in productivity
Case Study, Electronic Research Essay, and Closing