There is a lot of talk concerning how education has changed, especially when it comes to the teaching of our children in the public school system. The changes in the education of our school children centers around standardized testing, teaching methods, school grades, teacher salaries, and the No Child Left Behind law.
More Emphasis on Standardized Testing
Since the education system has changed, there has been more emphasis placed on standardized testing and getting to top school grades. Children who do not fit the standard are labeled as under achievers, which can be harmful to their self-confidence. On the flip side of things, there is better support today for individuals who have difficulty learning than in times past.
Mainstreaming of Children with Disabilities
With the No Child Left Behind law, students with disabilities must be included in the normal classroom setting as much as humanly possible. These students are not to be pushed aside like in times past.
Shortage of Teachers
Sadly, there is a shortage of teachers, especially teachers with the proper qualifications to deal with special needs students. This is due to the low teacher salaries that these teachers receive. If there were more incentives, student would better receive what they need, and there will be more teachers willing to work. More money needs to be invested in the education of our children.