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Public School Education What Is It Really Worth

Updated on June 16, 2012

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Without information literacy leaders are at a 30% disadvantage in comparison to students who function at a 100% level of understanding information literacy. According to Turusheva, L. (2009). “Information competence is a basis for long-life learning competence.” (pg. 127) There is no leadership without information competence. There would not be a basis for strong foundational leadership without information competence. Leadership is formed by the advancement of applied knowledge. Applied knowledge is the concept herein referred to as the Scholar-Practitioner. The Scholar-Practitioner is what is necessary in order to advance the progression of educational foundations throughout the public educational system.

Informational literacy is what forms leadership in the 21st century there is now a rebuilding of a cracked educational foundation in America. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has failed greatly. The No Child Left Behind only lead to the pressure of testing and not applying the knowledge for what’s needed to become a successful leader in all facets of life. In analyzing the Scholar-Practitioner this is needed to secure a foundation that will bring results in the classroom.

In Chicago, IL the No Child Left Behind Act caused a revamping of the Chicago Public School system which brought about the Renaissance 2010. The Renaissance 2010 is known for allowing professionals, and educators the opportunity to bring change to the classroom by allowing them to take on leadership roles by opening Charter Schools, and College Prep High Schools.

What was the level of practicum in the public school system? The public school system does not ensure learners are able to use information literacy after graduation. This is why Renaissance 2010 was introduced as an answer to Chicago’s Public School system.

An Overview of The Public School System

In looking at an analytical approach of the public school system, parents, teachers, and co-teachers have a responsibility to speak up and be the voice for those who are incapable of speaking up regarding the issues that face the public school system in America today.

A)The problem: A high number of learners graduating without a concretedirection for their future.

B)The Approach: No Child Left Behind Act of 2001

C)The Solution: A Revamping of the public school system hence,Renaissance 2010

Hampton, K. references, Quantz, Rogers, and Dantley, by stating, “Educational leaders must facilitate this desire through the creation of an equitable environment that not only discusses the need to include all stakeholders, but ensures this desire through exclusionary action.” (Quanz, Rogers, & Dantly, 1991, p. 105). Enriching the lives of learners are the responsibility of educators. The duty rest on the shoulders of educators to ensure learners are retrieving, and applying what is taught. Learners are to be viewed as dry sponges capable to soak up knowledge dispensed in the classroom. How can learners be equipped for academia without being able to competently write a first year college level essay?

Russel, P. (2009 pg. 93). states, “Reading and writing are fundamental academic practices that are deeply connected to the information behavior of university students.” High school learners must be prepared upon exiting high school to practice, and operate with college level materials. In analyzing the public school system are they equipping learners to function, i.e. critically read and write college material? No. First year college students are challenged with learning what should have been learned in their Senior year of high school. First year college students enter Junior colleges for economically reasons, and for academically challenge reasons. Community colleges must prepare learners to write college papers that are acceptable at four year universities. In summation the public school systems are not equivalent to private schools, and the education learners receive at College Prep High School. Therefore will public schools be able to compete academically with private and college prep school, yes if we as educators take on the responsibility of being Scholar-Practitioner leaders.

In the 21st century the internet has replaced students physical need for going to libraries. Living in the age of information, and technology students are at a big advantage, however, the public school system has failed to see this as an advantage. In the journal article; How We Failed The Net Generation the author states: “We educators let the Net Gen-ers make the search engine their go-to tool for information, so now 70% or 80% of all students in higher education seek out Google first for every kind of research.” Learners in the public school system are accustom to using the internet as fact and not secondary information. Education begins in the classroom, and not online, the role of the Scholar-Practitioner is in high demand for 21st century learners to understand the difference between education, and the application of knowledge.


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    Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

    Thanks Kj, and billybuc, I think if someone does not stand up and do something about the education of our children it will only get worst. I am still shocked over the stories I hear from my friends who are educators. Even the "so called" charter schools which are suspose to be better academically aren't much better. Of course, there are some charter schools that are really hitting the mark we just need more of them.

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    kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

    very interesting hub...I have always felt parents need to take some responsibility in education of their children. How can a parent NOT know their children can or cannot read ?I was a professional career parent, and took advantage of my time with my children, by having them read to me while I cooked,excercised,drove them in the car to extracurricular activities. As parents we need to get more involved with our children and maybe the problem of literacy/issues can be corrected...and children will have a better future....just my thoughts...

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Excellent job of research for this hub and I agree with your conclusion completely. As a former teacher I do not hesitate to say that the system is broken. Until steps are taken to revamp a seriously crippled system our children will continue to be shorthanded when they leave school.