Using of SEMs is not ethical and directly leads to the dumbing of our nation, that is why we should strive for getting rid of usage of such materials or providing necessary limits and rules for their usage. Pupils learn innocent at first sight information on how to make their teeth white or their hair smooth while the information they really will need in their future passes by. It is particularly important for schools where using SEMs is widely spread or even unlimited and such schools usually can be found in poor districts where children badly need appropriate education and moral and cultural support from the teachers (Allen D. Kanner). Nevertheless the main reason for using of these materials is underfunding of schools it is necessary to provide skrinning of the SEMs for scientific accuracy, completeness and educational relevance, just like textbooks. Personally I know some school which use SEMs under strict control of the school authorities. Although the best way is to get rid of SEMs at schools I realize that it is not likely if to take into consideration wealth and power of the corporations which use these materials, so necessary limits provided by schools themselves or Government would be a useful method. (more…)
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The most important heritage of each nation is its culture. It is tightly connected not only with spiritual, but also with intellectual aspects of life. Nowadays Americans have many reasons to worry – alongside with losing their cultural capital American people consciously give themselves up to anti-intellectualism and anti-rationalism, they get satisfied with low level of education and thus low life expectations, while the development of technological progress and the growing commercialization of schools promote this. (more…)
Contemporary education in the USA is going through a transitional period; the matter is that it faces various problems. As the leading goal of every democratic society is the high level of its citizens’ education, the most effective measures should be taken in order to achieve the goal set. The reforms have already taken place in the educational system but still the overall quality level went down, consequently according to Jerry Bamburg’s opinion, students do not get education “that will prepare them to compete in the world market place” (Bamburg 24). The attempts made to improve the education level were not very successful, though changes in school year duration, graduation requirements, teachers’ professionalism, important skills formation were made. These reforms did not much raise the students’ academic level, the reason of that was the limitedness in scope, and lack of determination.
Consequently, I consider that the most significant problem of contemporary education is rooted in the lack of agreement on principal points of educational process. Educationalists argue a lot on what should be considered good and appropriate to the education process and how it should be organized in detail. According to the article by P. A. Wagner in Current Issues in Education which is entitled Education: Misunderstood Purpose and Failed Solutions, different modern educators as well as those of the previous centuries tend to tell students what they are to know and mainly deal with theoretical part of education development. But, actually, they are to create a complex unified system, which will help students to acquire knowledge and assist instructors in rendering their experience in the most effective manner. Otherwise, in my opinion, all the reforms dealing with education will hardly succeed. P. Wagner points out in his article that “people in education should be in a much better position to strategize on those tactics most likely to archive our common pragmatically issued goals” (Wagner 7). (more…)
Nowadays, educational system is often criticized and many specialists work on its improvement. Often, the criticism of the existing educational system is quite reasonable and is supported by persuasive arguments revealing the fact that modern education does not really provide ample opportunities for students to develop and realize their skills and abilities. At the same time, one of the major problems of the modern educational system is the problem of equal access to education of absolutely all people.
Naturally, many problems that existed in the past in this sphere have been eliminated but, unfortunately, the current educational system does not fully provide equal opportunities even regardless the officially proclaimed policy of tolerance. However, often this problem is omitted in numerous researches related to the current situation in education. This is why the work of Harry Brighouse “On Education” is particularly interesting to analyze and discuss.
Basically, Harry Brighouse is particularly disturbed by the problem of what he calls justice for education but, in actuality, it is the mentioned above problem of equal opportunities though a bit modified. To put it more precisely, the author of “On Education” underlines that children should not simply have equal access to education but also have the possibility to fully realize their potential, skills and abilities. It means that he stands on the ground that all students should have equal opportunities to enjoy the benefits of the educational system, which, according to the author of the book, is far from perfect.
On analyzing Harry Brighouse views of the modern educational system, it is necessary to underline that the author argues that schooling should be guided by the fundamental principle, often overlooked: the moral principles of children to be taught. Actually, this is exactly where his strive for equal opportunities in education becomes mostly apparent, though the author does not directly postulate this idea, but it is possible to arrive to such a conclusion from the context of his arguments.
In this respect, it is worthy of note that according to Harry Brighouse the modern educational system should focus on four basic interests that all children share and, what is more, these interests should be equally satisfied for all students, or to put it more precisely, all students should have ample opportunities to satisfy all four fundamental interests.
Obviously, in order better understand the author’s position, it is necessary to thoroughly analyze all of the four interests suggested by Harry Brighouse. First of all, he estimates that children should have a possibility to develop the ability to make their own judgments about what values to adopt. Unquestionably, this is very important point in Harry Brighouse’s arguments because in the current situation the ability to make independent judgments, at large, and independent judgments about what values to adopt, in particular, is extremely important.
In this respect, it is worthy of note that in the modern world, it is really difficult to provide or develop such an ability because nowadays practically the whole world is dramatically influenced by the process of globalization which eliminates not only geographical borders but also cultural and ideological ones. In such a situation there exists a threat of loosing identity by individuals representing different cultures since the world is getting to be really united that results in the situation when practically identical values dominate in different societies even though such values used totally unacceptable in the past.
Consequently, the arguments of Harry Brighouse seem to be really persuading because in such socio-cultural context children are really in a great danger to be succumbed to moral and ethical values dominating in the society at the present moment. As a result, children are really deprived of a possibility to choose freely what values to adopt but they simply accept those values which are dominant. What is probably the most dangerous in this process is the fact that children do it unconsciously while adults, including educators, do not really make sufficient efforts to change the situation for better. (more…)
The role of education has increased dramatically in recent years. The emergence of new technologies and rapid progress of the modern world forces people to increase their educational level and improve their qualification throughout their life time in order to remain competitive in the labor force market and succeed not only in professional but also in personal life since education also bring spiritual enrichment. This is why I view my education as the basis for my future professional career. Actually, I have already got a BS degree in accounting fromBrooklynCollegethat contributed to my professional promotion and growth. I am currently working at AIG in their billing department. In spite of the fact that I am basically satisfied with my job but I still need to progress in order to make a great career, but my current educational level is apparently insufficient for my further promotion and I do not actually have great job opportunities without the degree I am expecting to earn at AIU Online. (more…)
Nowadays, new technologies are widely implemented in all spheres of life. Education is not an exception. This is why modern technologies are also implemented here. In this respect, it is worthy of mention that the implementation of IT technologies and wide use of computers is considered to be very perspective direction in the development of the modern education. However, the implementation of these technologies is often argued and the views on the use of IT and computers may vary dramatically from sincere appreciation to the total rejection. In fact, the opposition to the wider use of computers in the modern education fully reveals the conservatism of the existing educational system where innovations are traditionally perceived quite critically if not to say skeptically. In actuality, it seems to be obvious that the implementation of computers and IT in schools and education at large is inevitable perspective since these technologies are the major source of information and, therefore, knowledge and they are used everywhere.
In order to better understand the extent to which the use of computers and IT is inevitable, it is necessary to refer to the major goal of the modern education. In fact, education is supposed to prepare students to the social life making them able to prolong their learning for the lifetime. Nowadays, it is not enough and it is simply impossible to provide students with a set of knowledge, develop certain skills and abilities that will be sufficient for their entire life. Obviously, in the modern, constantly changing world students need to have an opportunity to acquire new knowledge, develop new skills and abilities independently from some academic basis or, in other words, school. In fact, a teacher cannot guide an individual throughout his life, instead independent learning is needed. In such a situation, computers and IT are essential since they help students find new information and thus learn. The main thing students need to know is how to learn and use computers and IT. This is why I believe that the use of computers is really important to the faster and more effective integration of students in the modern, highly technological society. (more…)
Traditionally, education played an important role in human life. In fact, the development of human beings is simply unimaginable without proper education. At the same time, regardless numerous works written on education it is still difficult to develop a universal concept that would be really efficient and really meet the needs of children as well as society at large. Obviously, there are no ideal methodology or concept of education but in order to understand its essence, to find out what it comes from, it is necessary to analyze its key notions. In this respect, it is worthy to dwell upon the works of Frederick Douglass and Michel de Montaigne whose views are to a significant extent similar.
First of all, it should be pointed that both Frederick and de Montaigne developed quite progressive ideas at their epoch. Basically, they realize the imperfectness of the existence social system at large and the system of education in particular. This is why they insisted on the wide public access to education and often they admitted that all possible means could be used and, in this respect, toughness plays an important role since it is due to toughness people can overcome numerous problems and achieve their goal in education. It is possible to remind personal experience of Douglass for instance, who personally had to deal with prejudices, social injustice, and simply racism when he received his education but his toughness made possible that he overcome all the difficulties. This is why the concept of toughness implies the ability, probably innate, of children to learn and acquire essential knowledge and skills regardless possible obstacles, social barriers, etc. In such a way, education turns to be natural and essential process. (more…)
The difficulties identified by Korean students have been discussed in terms of difficulties in the areas of language, relationships with teachers and peers, and educational conventions, as stated by Myonghee Choi in Higher Education Research & Development- Korean Students in Australian Universities: Intercultural Issues. Their difficulties are attributed not only to their personal lack of language competence and study skills, but also to their Australian teachers’ and peers’ lack of understanding of these difficulties in the educational context. Culturally different teacher-student relationships, and institutional environments and constraints also play a major part. Korean students are more likely to have difficulties in speaking, joining the class discussion and developing “constant”, mutual relationships with teachers and peers. It is difficult to adapt to the certain rules and regulations of the society and to try to become a part of this society. There is a lot of criticism the international students face, which then makes them suffer and, consequently, they become insecure. International students are also likely to suffer culture shock more severely in the classroom situation. Therefore there are some strategies and support programs which are able to promote more effective teaching and learning for Korean students. As a fact, concerted and reciprocal effort by all concerned should lead to better intercultural understanding and communication as well as a more rewarding academic partnership. The strategies and programs suggested could be equally useful in promoting intercultural understanding and communication with students of other ethnic backgrounds. In other words, Korean students are potentially valuable human resources in the decision-making processes of Koreaand Australia. Their experiences in Australiacould contribute to effective relationships between the two countries, providing a better understanding of Australia, Australian attitudes and values, as stated in 21st Century Trends for Higher Education. Students’ difficulties must be dealt with by educators and researchers at the level of multicultural education, international cultural and educational exchange and interdependent long-term relationships between the two countries. (more…)
The success of the adaptation process of students in educational activities and social environment encourages students, as the impact of their intellectual activity, enhances the overall vitality and maintains high efficiency. In addition, successful adaptation of students in international environment essentially determines the motivation, character and efficiency of training activities for the students. The study of psychological aspects of adaptation in education is associated mainly with the study of external and internal factors to adapt to tertiary education, in particular, to such of its fundamental components, as cognitive activities and interpersonal interactions. This involves the allocation of didactic (teaching) and psycho-social (communicative) adaptation.
Many foreigners at universities face the challenges, new experience and different issues. A distinctive feature of the Australian education market is its consolidation. Educational institutions merged to form large and small educational corporations. For foreign students it is beneficial that within each of these associations, they can study various courses, and to get translation from one to another and to do that without any additional exams, as described in Relevance for Higher Education. Thus, having entered a time without examination by an English language course, a person can reach a bachelor's degree within a single structure. Since there is a structure with the different composition of the components, it allows realizing any, even the most ambitious plans.
The state in its basis, the Australian education system is built on the British model. Today the country has 40 universities, more than 450 colleges with an enrollment of more than one million students and about 550 centers teaching English. Taken together, these institutions offer courses that can satisfy all the demands of training. Recently, the education system, introducing the combination of English and partly in the American scheme of education, includes unique Australian training schemes for foreign students at colleges and universities, as stated in Higher education.
Nowadays students through all over the world face different systems and types of learning and education as a whole. This paper’s core focus is on determent what distance learning mean, what benefits it brings into society and what disadvantaged it has. Distance learning (or it is also known as distance education) is a flexible helpful form of learning students. It seems to focus on technology, pedagogy and instructional system designs. This, however, does not require student to be in the classroom (as it usually be) or in campus. Honeyman and Miller have stated that distance learning is the process of creating an educational experience of equal quality for the learner to best suit their needs outside the classroom. Distance education courses that require a physical on-site presence for any reason (including taking examinations) is considered a hybrid or blended course of study. This emerging technology is becoming widely used in universities and institutions around the globe (1993, pg 67-73). Talking about the way of learning students (or the education as a whole) people should be careful and accurate, especially when choosing the methods and aims. The level of education in the country is too important factor of success not to pay to it attention. Therefore, I believe government should take in account the type of education in the country in order to make country’s general level higher.
Distance learning is the way of learning that our contemporary fast moving world requires. It helps students to make learning easier and more pleasant. By contrast, I do not agree that distance learning can give all needed information to the student. The course seems to be not concentrative on main points. However, it comfortable for contemporary youth who want to spent less time on learning and gain needed knowledge and skills. Strictly talking, contemporary schools do not study the classical-medieval studies’ organisation (it is known as trivium). Definitely, even in the ancient times people knew that every age of a student should filled with different information (different levels of it) according to the age. (more…)