Saturday, March 19, 2016

HOW TO IMPROVE PUBLIC EDUCATION- Research-based Problem Solution Essay By Ebru McCallum



Public education is considered to be flawed to a greater or lesser extent in almost every country in the world. Many students don’t see the point of what they are doing; many teachers are frustrated and dissatisfied. Many people feel that our current system fails to meet the requirements of the modern world, which is a real tragedy if the human race wants to survive and prosper into the future. Our challanges are great and the need for creative, emphatic and knowledgable human force is great. The right kind of education is what is needed. Public education around the world must and can be improved by focusing on improving the quality of teaching and by increasing student engagement.

                Research has shown that the number one factor for effective learning is high quality  teaching. Unfortunately, most public schools lack qualified, creative and innovative teachers.  This means poor learning, poor student motivation and wasted time, hence wasted human potential. This leads to a society poor in new ideas in arts, in science and in technology. Such a society can not survive in the modern world. Policy makers in the area of education must make the teaching profession more attractive by improving work conditions, income and the prestige of the profession. This will attract the most intelligent and creative minds and hearts to teaching. Once a teacher starts his or her profession, he or she should be given plenty of opportunities for professional development through on the job training programs. This will help them become better teachers. Young people will have the opportunity to learn from bright minds rich in knowledge. This will create a whole different society that can think, create practical ideas and make innovations in all areas of life.

                Another major problem with public education, which is directly related to the first problem is the old fashioned, ineffective and unengaging teaching methods. Fortunately, educators around the world are experimenting in small circles with innovative teaching and learning methods. One such method is called blended learning. In this method, each student has an individual learning path. Students start an academic year at a point where they are ready academically based on their skills and knowledge in any given area. They all move at different speeds and through different activities. Students don’t all do the same thing at the same time. Some work closely with the teacher, others work in teams and do projects, while others work individually on their computers doing online activities. Students get constant feedback and see where they need improvement. This method has done wonders even in the most disadvantaged schools where poverty and homelessness is common. It has a lot to teach other schools around the world. One other important point is getting students to work in teams and do projects. This develops their communication skills, empathy skills and they learn better by doing. Healthy and emotionally rich relationships between teachers and students and between students is possible by creating a team environment, which helps students love school and being there. Blended learning and project based learning will help students discover their full potential and learn to the best of their limits.

                Public education around the world is not doing what it is supposed to do. This is unaccaptable. By improving teacher quality and providing students with an environment in which they are active and independent learners who learn by doing and working with others, we can prepare the young people for the future. The future such young people create will be one of solutions to the challanges ahead. Human potential is our most valuable resource and high quality public education will make sure that potential is fulfilled and utilized.





Public education is considered to be flawed to a greater or lesser extent in almost every country in the world. Many students don’t see the point of what they are doing; many teachers are frustrated and dissatisfied. Many people feel that our current system fails to meet the requirements of the modern world, which is a real tragedy if the human race wants to survive and prosper into the future. Our challanges are great and the need for creative, emphatic and knowledgable human force is great. The right kind of education is what is needed. Public education around the world must and can be improved by focusing on improving the quality of teaching and by increasing student engagement.

                Research has shown that the number one factor for effective learning and good teaching. Unfortunately, most public schools lack qualified, creative and innovative teachers.  This means poor learning, poor student motivation and wasted human potential and wasted time. This leads to a society poor in new ideas in arts, in science and in technology. Such a society can not survive in the modern world. Policy makers in the area of education must make teaching profession more attractive by improving work conditions, income and the prestige of the profession.
PROBLEM:          Lack of qualified, creative and innovative teachers
SOLUTION:         1. Make teaching profession more attractive in society by improving work conditions, income and prestige of the profession
What kind of a difference is this going to make?
                               2. Give teachers plenty of opportunities for self improvement through on the job training programs
PROBLEM:          Ineffective and unengaging teaching 
SOLUTION:         blended learning... constant feedback.. individual learning paths...teac
                               Project based learning... team work
                               Emotional engagement

CONCLUSION: What will be the impact of higher quality public education on individuals, societies and the world?  Why is it needed?



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