Education in America: the Next 25 Years

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In "Education in America: The Next 25 Years" by Irving H Buchen, he predicts changes that will take place in the next 25 years. He believes that new techniques will solve budget problems facing schools, and also believes these new techniques will be more effective then the more expensive methods used today. Buchen says that changes will be made by choice and "fueled by changing roles for teachers, administrators, students and the entire communities." (Buchen 299) Buchen states if we could look into the future 25 years we would see "four factors driving educational change: decentralization and educational options; performance evaluation and success measurement; changes in leadership and leadership roles and reconfigurations in learning spaces, places, and times."(Buchen 299) He discusses the many school choices available and how they differ from each other and why parents choose the type of schools they do for their children. The author continues the essay by discussing how educational success is measured, the principals changing roles, parents new roles, real life skills that are being brought into the schools, new learning spaces, and technology introduced into the schools. Finally, he discusses schools where they allow students to have a more active role in the classroom. I think that Buchen's essay had some really good points. There are going to be a lot of revisions in the future, and change is pretty much unavoidable due to the altering lifestyles that are occurring on a daily basis. To make school available to all that attend schools need to incorporate flexibility into their classrooms to make teaching our children a success. For example, the families with two working parents have a difficult time getting the students to and from school due to their work schedules. This could be addressed with schools holding different hours. Another example would be the students who learn at a different level than others. This could be addressed by students...
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