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romance of educational elements

Romance of Educational Elements

Ryan Garcia

Eng 1311

University of Texas at El Paso

  • My theory of education stands at a pivotal juncture of whether education promotes a great education for all students, one that is practical, but perhaps, education is just a system converged into so many others systems that it becomes a mundane transaction of paper and knowledge.
introduction cont
Introduction Cont.
  • During my research of secondary education I found a variety of answers, all conjuring towards one sole solution, leading me to believe that secondary education is distorted by district policy and testing mandates. I will be answering questions regarding secondary education, specifically in El Paso, Texas, within the Socorro Independent School District (SISD).
  • How has state mandate affected students? Educators? Districts?
  • What is the TAKS?
  • How has TAKS affected students? Educators? Districts?
  • Have polices been created to focus classrooms on standardized test taking more than practical education?
  • Does money in school districts affect their motives, plans, projects?
  • Has there been any push for quality education instead of standardized learning?
  • First, the U.S. department collects data and makes recommendations at the national and state levels, but cannot interfere directly with school standards or programs. The federal government does not does not determine with what a student should or should not know in a subject at any grade of school, this ability has been given to the states and their local administrations.
governance cont
Governance Cont.
  • The second level is state, which regulate the academic community through school boards. The schools board is able to select school days, which classes are mandatory for graduation, how long a school day is.
  • The third level is the school itself, which create curriculum guidelines, specific decisions, what textbooks are required and classroom instructions, all of which are decided by educators and school administrators
the golden standard
The Golden Standard
  • Standards represent established levels of achievement and of academic subject content, which are both embodied in state curriculum guidelines. The National Council of Education believe that formulating national standards will embolden states to raise their own standards and may improve the quality of the schools. Many argue that national standards will detract from positive local reform and deter the development of initiatives at the state level.
the golden standard cont
The Golden Standard cont.
  • In 1989, the National Council of Teachers published curriculum standards outlining the type of math that should be administered into school programs. The council did not stem from the U.S. department of education, but grew from a collection of local experts, scientists, and educators within a state controlled district. This form of standard is called voluntary national standard, which is a standard for what should be taught in a particular subject that would most benefit the district, schools, and students.
national education goals
National Education Goals
  • All children in the U.S. will start school ready to learn.
  • The High school graduation rate will increase to 90%.
  • U.S. students in grades 4, 8, and 12 must demonstrate competency in challenging subject matters, including English, mathematics, science, foreign language, civics and government, economics, arts, history, and geography.
  • The Nation’s teaching force will have access to programs for the continued improvement of their professional skills and the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to instruct and prepare all students for the next century.
national education goals cont
National Education Goals cont.
  • U.S. students will be first in the world in mathematics and science achievement.
  • Every adult American will be literate and will process the knowledge and skills necessary to compete in a global economy and to exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
  • Every school in the U.s will be free of drugs violence, and the unauthorized presence of firearms and alcohol and will offer a disciplined environment conductive for learning.
  • Every school will promote partnerships that will increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of children.
the taks
  • States have formulated curriculum frameworks, or guidelines to improve schools and school districts in providing students with an effective education. The Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skill was inserted into Texas schools in 1999. The 76th Session of the Texas Legislature enacted Senate Bill 103, mandating implementation of a new statewide testing program.
the taks cont
The TAKS Cont.
  • By law, all eligible Texas public school students are assessed in mathematics, reading, writing, English language arts, science, and social studies. The TAKS test is designed to measure the extent to which a student has learned and is able to apply the defined knowledge and skills at each tested grade level.
the board president
The Board President
  • According to him, the “TAKS was the mandate and law of the state; if you did not abide by it the funding would disappear. It was the scores that brought in state funding.” Mr. Garcia implies that public schools rely on state funding, which since about ten years ago had not appeared as TAKS, but as normally funded allowance. Public schools need to constantly increase their scores or be reduced financing. Mr. Garcia also motions that schools “have no choice…they must admit the test and successfully reach a certain bar the state has set for the students.”
the board president cont
The Board President cont.
  • “The stakeholders [students] are the ones affected if there is a decrease in funding; lower funding means smaller classroom and less opportunity.” Mr. Garcia raises an important point: when it comes down to the source of the matter, especially in education, it is the students that matter most. We are the “stakeholders” because we hold the cards, while the state holds the cash and deals ours cards.
  • I conclude that secondary education is a passion and love for teaching, which is genuine. Skills and knowledge will only be used to guide students for better results on the TAKS or any other state examination.
  • I believe that educators should have the freedom to teach as they wish and, if only, be merely burdened with state examination; most of all, the students should be the ones with the greatest say in the matter of public education.
  • My research had answered many questions but still offers more discussion; it all depends on where a perspective stands: Do you support the TAKS or not? Do you believe in modern standardized education or traditional, “old-fashioned”, education?

Books, Journals, and Literature:

  • National Center for Education Statistics: Projection of Education Statistics to 2008 by Debra E. Gerald, William Hussar, and the National Center for Education Statistics, published 1998
  • The Educational System in the United States: Case study Findings by Harold Stevenson, Shin-Ying Lee, and the U.S. Department of Education, published 1999


  • Mr. Charles Garcia, Nov. 14
  • Mr. Charles E. Garcia, Nov. 17
  • Ms. Aida Lopez, Nov. 14
  • Mr. Hector Vega, Nov. 14

Internet Sites:

  • U.S. Department of Education Retrieved Nov. 20
  • U.S. Department of Education Retrieved Nov. 20:
  • U.S. Department of Education Retrieved Nov. 20: