Educators and parents are all too aware of the frequent changes made to the public education sector on a yearly and sometimes even a monthly basis. This constant flux of new ideas and policies may keep things fresh but can also create confusion among those involved in educating our youth.
In order to better understand the recent impact new policies have made on our public education system in the U.S., a quick recap of 2017 is given below. Not only will it show the bright side and mistakes made by those in charge of the U.S. Public Education system during the past year, but will better inform parents and educators alike to what beneficial changes can be made to the public education sector in the coming year.
For public educators, United States Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, and her “Rethinking School” tour has been the devil incarnate in 2017.
Secretary Devos tends to side with private education schools and continuously denounces the public education system as a “dead end”, without even meeting let alone trying to help stimulate change within this sector.
For most of us who believe in the public education system and want to see it flourish, Betsy Devos has been a wound in our side during the past year with her constant insults towards public education and lack of support for public schools.
Social Media Literacy
While government support had a negative impact on U.S. Public Education over the past year, there were some positive points that surface during this time. One of the silver linings was in regards to encouraging media literacy within the public school systems.
There has been a strong incentive to educate our youth in media literacy, mostly as it pertains to social media, in order to promote critical thinking and to define the differences between facts and opinions.
As the literacy rates among U.S. youths continue to drop on a yearly basis, this shift in focus to social media literacy may be just what is needed to boost literacy within public education schools.
The beauty of this new shift is that students are already engaged on social media platforms and so using such platforms to encourage reading and critical thinking is a natural progression for them.
In other words, social media is important to them already, so encouraging further education through this means will be the path of least resistance.
What to Expect in 2018
If those of us who are concerned with U.S. Public Education are expecting government support in 2018, then next year is going to be a disaster. At this point, it does not seem that Secretary Devos wants to help public education and would rather put all the resources at her disposal in helping private institutions.
However, this does not mean that public education in the U.S. is doomed to experience another bad year. As was already mentioned, educators and administrators within the public education system are working on their own to encourage innovative ways to increase literacy and overall education within the U.S.
Parents are strongly encouraged to support their local public schools and give any help they can for new programs and technologies that will help out the youth of today.
Not every family can afford to send their children to private schools, but that does not mean that their children should receive less than adequate education.
My prediction is that the public school systems in the United States will begin to rise again during 2018 if parents, educators, and administrators pool their resources to bring new and exciting teaching methods to students.