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EdCUR620 group 2

Group Members:Anna EpperlyTeresa HeinyRaven Gill

EDCUR 620-Module 3

How would you respond to individuals who suggest that the system is "terminal? How would you describe the system's effectiveness at addressing its mission? What are the pros and cons of the system/curriculum? How would you describe and explain the nature of the (educational system curriculum currently guiding our middle and secondary schools?

o The system is absolutely terminal, especially if we don’t begin critically analyzing why our graduation rate is so poor in the United States.o We need to clearly analyze what is negatively impacting postsecondary attendance and completion rates in terms of secondary curricular offerings and choices, as theses issues are the precursors to college success or failure, let alone, high school completion.o The United States is now attempting to say that a high school education and diploma should be enough to prepare students for successful postsecondary collegiate experiences, as well as immediate entry into certain careers, when colleges can’t even prepare some students for professional degrees without additionally preparing them for postgraduate work.o It is unrealistic to suggest that the system isn’t terminal for some when the demographics of the students are so widely varied and outcomes so similar for those of lower socioeconomic status or students of color (i.e., not going on to postsecondary education; higher rates of unemployment after high school graduation).

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o We have gone from diversifying our curriculum in the 70’s and 80’s to expecting all students to miraculously no longer have learning challenges and conquer the most difficult academic tasks with ease, including advanced algebra.o The current mission to prepare all students for college or career training upon exiting from high school stands to be ineffective due to the changing demographic socioeconomically of the United States.o Students who are already academically successful in a traditional sense are struggling with the new Common Core standards.o Advanced Placement classes are not adequately preparing students for college course demands and they have been the gold standard of college preparatory programs until now.o The system has long been in place to track advanced, college-bound students into “special” courses. Now, all students of varying ability levels will be channeled into similar or identical programs and left to fail because our government thinks that if they build it, we will come.· What are the pros and cons of the system/curriculum?o Pros and Cons§ High expectations for all, even if they are unrealistic for some§ Common Core standards should increase the amount of time spent teaching students how to read and think critically, with an eventual potential loss of the art of reading for pleasure.

How do we connect with our students to make growth? We need a new way to "think" and "teach".-Project Based Learning-21st century skills-College and Job Prep

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o The system should be optionally terminal for some and not for others, rather than expecting all students to reach the same point of academic and vocational mastery by the end of their high school careers.o Students should be able to decide when and where they will attend secondary school.o All schools should be magnet schools that provide the opportunity for students to earn intentionally terminal degrees (diplomas) in fields of their choosing.o Secondary school students should be tracked into magnet schools based on career interest inventories and profiles that allow them to pursue their dreams earlier on in their young adult years.o Colleges and universities should provide free access to programming for adults who have obtained their high school “degree” (which would serve as a terminal diploma for many students) in order for them to continue to develop skills by choice and in conjunction with local economic and business needs.o Alternative education programs should flourish, with independent learning opportunities made available to students through the use of technology and classroom facilitators to ensure that all students have an appropriate setting to earn the most terminal of diplomas, which would be a basic skills diploma similar to a GED.

1. educators are aware of problems and are working on them - but....businesses and politicians get in the way and stop the work2. paying teachers more is not the answer3. we need to move away from teaching existing knowledge and toward teaching processes to gain new knowledge4. can't teach in isolation - need connection between content and subject areas5. standardized high-stakes testing is the biggest obstacle in improving curriculumNational concern regarding the quality and inequities of public education1. U.S. public education - 25th in world2. many first graders enter school 1-2 years behind their peers nationally3. Major cities graduate less than 50% of their student



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