The New Challenges Facing Education

Since education has nearly completed two decades of the 21st century, there have been many challenges, back steps and leaps forward that have occurred. Technology has now become a constant presence in the classroom and has drastically changed how we teach. With the availability of tablets and smart devices, long-distance learning and and the increasing availability of information over the Internet classrooms are quickly becoming tied to the world at large. Keeping up with these technological changes can be challenging for some school districts who may not have the proper funding to purchase equipment with.

This is especially true in an economy that is currently struggling, and schools are starting to have to be more creative with funding and finding ways to get more. Some school districts have answered this problem by hiring a person who has the primary task of writing grants. There are a number of organizations and agencies within the federal government that provide grant money for education and the competition is beginning to increase for these as schools turn to this resource more and more.

Another challenge that American education currently faces is keeping up with the pace of science and technology education. American students are in dire need of increased training in these areas that they walk out prepared for the real world market. This may bring about a reevaluation of how we teach our students, plan instruction and how we train our teachers. Distance learning schools such as might need to use more innovative technology and tools and students coming up in colleges and universities are going to need more training in dealing with students with special needs and how to incorporate technology into daily classroom lessons. As these challenges faced American education, it strives to meet them head-on.

Learning by definition is a process through which we apply cognitive principles that we’ve acquired over time. Everyone has different styles and preferences within the classroom setting. Many of us embrace change and the challenges that we encounter with open arms when it comes to quenching our boundless thirst for knowledge. This is no exception for those with learning challenges and advancements have been made to help students adjust despite some setbacks.

Several inclusion programs offered within schools helps students to become more comfortable with learning in a regular classroom. Mainstreaming means that students have to prove they can stay on target with their daily assignments to remain in the class.

Inclusion-based education entitles children to support services such as more time to complete quizzes and examinations. However, unlike mainstreaming they don’t have to work as hard. As long as pupils benefit from learning, the objective for inclusion has been met. Students can participate in partial or full inclusion programs depending on their educational needs and program availability.

The concept of full inclusion involves students remaining in a traditional environment with their peers. The nature of the challenges people face with a learning difference or physical challenge is irrelevant.

Many teachers like the thought of students participating in inclusion first before being mainstreamed. Generally speaking, inclusion’s premise is all students can be placed in a normal classroom when they have appropriate resources provided to them. When there aren’t sufficient tools for students with learning differences to enhance their abilities with inclusion programs, they’ll most likely be mainstreamed.

(Author – Reggie P. of  BR Moving)
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