1a. Plato, Socrates, Quintillian and many others had ideas about educating. What are some of the most significant contributions of ancient philosophers, rhetoricians, and theologians to the global educational models of today? Are these classic educational philosophies still relevant? Explain.
1b. According to Gal (2011), increasingly the quality of teachers has been linked to American students’ academic outcomes as evidenced on exams. The researcher mentions that new kinds of learning are needed in order for the United States to be part of the local and global communities. Discuss the new kinds of learnings that Gal advocates. How can teachers incorporate these new kinds of learning into our current educational system, which emphasizes test results and achievement of standards?
2a. What are the most significant effects of the accessibility of global information and technology on educational policies throughout the world? Why are these effects significant?
2b. Why is the study of international economic interdependence and global information and technology important to current educational leaders? What is the most important lesson an educational leader can learn from studying these areas?
3a. States and schools across the United States are adopting Common Core Standards for fundamental areas of the K-12 curriculum. How will this impact teaching techniques? What are the benefits or challenges?
3b. Thomas Jefferson proposed a republic view for education, and Horace Mann suggested the common school movement. These are two of the many foundational models used in American education. What is most significant about these models? Do these models work? Why or why not?
4a. It may be argued that there was an apparent lack of focus or balance for educational reform ideas within the legislative and executive branches of federal government during the 1950s. One could further contend that during this period, judicial preoccupation with equity also distracted federal attention from policy and financial resources directed towards school improvement. Each decade subsequent to the 1950s was marked by increased political influence to the nation’s educational system and a call for school reform. How do political agendas impact today’s educational institutions?
4b. Many theorize that traditions within the climate of education policy and funding have been greatly eroded during the years since A Nation at Risk. How do political forces external to education frame the national education agenda?
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