Opposition to the nationalization of education, and the extension of the school year.

Opposition to the nationalization of education, and the extension of the school year.

Opposition to the nationalization of education, and the extension of the school year.

The nationalization of education and the extension of the school year would be impractical, and detrimental to the development of our children. Over the past year there has been much debate over whether or not education should be nationalized, and whether or not the school year should be extended. However, we must take into account whether or not the nationalization of education is for the good of education, or if it is for the good of a political agenda. We must also decide whether or not an extended school year equates to higher test scores. Education should not be nationalized, and the school year should not be extended.

The nationalization of the education system is not practical. Education is currently regulated on a state level. Nationalizing education would mean transferring power form the state government to an already powerful national government. Curriculums and textbooks would be nationalized as well; this would create an opportunity for implanting political propaganda. This technique was mentioned by Karl Marx in The Communist Manifesto, and was implemented by Adolf Hitler in Germany and Mao Zedong in China during their reigns. The idea of the government being able to use the education of our children in order to push a political agenda is frightening, but also very likely. The government will always operate in the way that will benefit it the most, for financial and political reasons. This means that it will also educate in the way that will benefit it the most, not in the way that will benefit the people the most. By nationalizing education, the Government will also be eliminating competition between schools. Currently, individual schools are driven to succeed more than their neighboring districts, and with private schools. One could argue that a parent that is opposed to nationalized education could enroll their child in private school. However, nationalized education could effectively put many private schools out of business. This concept can be explained by looking at the current proposal to nationalize healthcare. In that proposal, the Government would require that private insurance companies provide all services provided by national healthcare. This means that the Government could force all private schools to offer all services provided by public schools, and to do so without raising tuition. This would effectively cause many private schools to go out of business, further eliminating competition. No competition means that there is nothing to drive schools to overachieve. An enormous benefit of the current system is that a State can tailor its education system based on how a specific method has worked for another State. For example, if Connecticut had very high math scores compared to other states, then the people in charge of Pennsylvania's education system could copy certain things that the Connecticut system does. With a nationalized education system, we lose this benefit, and at the expense of education. Another negative of nationalized education is that once the move is made, it will be nearly impossible to move back in the event that it is unsuccessful. As former President Ronald Reagan once said, “No government voluntarily reduces itself in size. So government programs once launched never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth.”.

One of the biggest reasons for implementing year-round schooling is to follow suite with nations such as Japan, as U.S. standardized test scores continue to lag behind. President Obama has stated that “the challenges of a new century demand more time in the classroom." However, are American students really less-educated because of a lack of a year-round schooling system such as Japan's? No, and the problem may lie in American teaching methods. Mallory Schueller of the University of Michigan did a case study on the difference between mathematics lessons between Japanese teachers and American teachers. This is an excerpt of her findings: “Japanese teachers usually use whole-group discussions in their classes. They make their students active recipients of the information they are presenting (Rohlen)… Japanese teachers use many different strategies and activities throughout a lesson to keep their students attention, where American teachers do not focus on changing their style and as a result, 60% of their students are paying attention all of the time, where in Japan, 80% of the students are always focused on the lesson (Rohlen). Besides from making it more interesting, the teachers also try to make the information meaningful so that it is easier for the students to remember (Rohlen)… It seems to me that Japanese teachers are more devoted to their students. Instead of sitting at their desks getting work done while the students work independently, the teachers walk around the room assessing everyone's abilities. This helps the teacher decide if it is okay to move on to the next section or to review more. Part of the reason why American teachers correct papers or plan lessons while the students take part in seatwork may come from the fact that they teach classes for the greater majority of the time they are at school, unlike the Japanese, who teach only 4 out of the 8 hours they are working. Japanese teachers also do a better job at keeping their students focused on the lessons. Because they use different strategies, students never become bored. This is usually not the case in the United States. Students may also get more out of the lessons from the Japanese teachers because they do not waste as much time correcting and reviewing old homework as well as getting started on future assignments. Because Japanese teachers do not emphasize homework in class, they have much more time to present the new material and help the students with problemshelping them to achieve at higher levels. Rather than rescheduling the school year, the government should focus on reforming the way that our teachers teach. Also, current year-round education systems in the United States are still 180 days long, but the education periods are spread out over the entire year, with longer breaks inbetween a set interval of school days. Some claim that this is beneficial because students tend to forget aterial over a two month vacation, resulting in teachers having to conduct extensive review of previous material. However, if students are gong to forget material over a two month period, than they will likely forget it over a one month period, resulting in teachers having to do a review of previous material more than once, at the beginning of each term.

Year-round education would also have adverse effects on children. Summer vacation gives children a chance to spend time with friends and family. It also gives them an opportunity to get a job and expand their interest and develop as people. Year-round education would eliminate summer employment and be detrimental to the summer camp industry. People argue that we need to provide year-round education in order to catch up to Japan, but they should also realize that Japan has the highest suicide rate among students in the worlds, much higher than the United States. This high suicide rate is often attributed to social pressures. Social pressures among American students would increase if school proceeded year-round. The Government should not be concerned about America's test scores compared to Japan's. They are instilling the wrong values into our children. The government is basically saying that better test scores equates to more happiness. They are implying this because they believe that you must get better scores inor order to get into a better college, you must get into a better college to get a better job, you must get a better job in order to make more money, and you must make more money in order to be happier. This is not what we should be teaching our children.

The nationalization of education would not benefit the education of our children, and the extension of the school year will not solve the problem of decreasing test scores, and will have a negative effect on children. The national government should not take control of the school systems, and the school year should not be extended.

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