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Education

Education is one of the backbones of our society. We need to make sure that our children are getting the kind of education that they need. The education that children receive early in life is a foundation that will help them as they grow older. Children can build on that foundation and become successful adults.

Unfortunately, our education system is far from perfect. There are some education issues that we are facing. Here are a few of the major considerations in 2016:

School Choice

school choiceSchool choice has a lot of proponents, but it also has a lot of detractors. It's easy to see why so many people find school choice so appealing. When people can choose the school they want to attend, they aren't locked into attending a poorly-performing public school. Instead, they can go to a school that offers the kind of education that they want.

With that stated, there are some clear downsides to school choice. School choices take money away from public schools, which means that schools aren't as well-funded as they used to be. This can make it harder for schools to attract teachers, and it can lead to larger class sizes.

School choice also means that tax-payer money can be used to fund for-profit schools. This includes religious schools. There are some citizens that are not comfortable with this. Some even believe that it could be unconstitutional.

Until the supreme court hears a case on school choice, the jury is still out. It's likely that we'll be hearing a lot more about school choice in the future.

Standardized Tests

Standardized tests have been used to measure the performance of schools for a very long time. It's hard to deny the usefulness of these tests. These tests provide a lot of in-depth performance data. They show which areas students are struggling in, and which areas students are succeeding in.

However, a lot of parents are upset with the way standardized testing is being used today. Many parents believe that students aren't being given an appropriate level of education. Instead, they are being "taught to the test." Because teachers know test scores are important, they focus a lot of their time and energy on preparing students for these tests.

There are few people that would deny that standardized tests have value. However, it's clear that a balance needs to be struck. Students should be tested, but they should also be given a well-balanced and comprehensive education.

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities can be very beneficial for students. While students need to be taught essential subjects, like English, History, and Math, they can also benefit from physical education and arts education. Additional tuition is core subjects is also required due to large class sizes and limited teacher time.

Unfortunately, a lot of schools don't have the funding for these kinds of activities. Some schools are cutting their arts programs, and some schools are even cutting their sports programs.

In recent years, we've seen a lot of research regarding the benefits of extracurricular activities. It's clear that these programs are worth funding. Participating in extracurricular activities can also help students with their college admissions.

It's important that school districts have the appropriate level of funding. Schools need to have enough money to provide their students with educational basics, but they also have to offer classes beyond that. It isn't enough for schools to give students the bare minimum. Students deserve to have the best education possible. It's clear that extracurricular activities are a part of that.

From drama programs to school papers to football teams, every school district should be able to offer an array of extracurricular programs. School districts that are lacking these programs are likely to suffer in the future.

It's clear that there are a lot of different educational issues on the horizon. Schools have been going through a lot of changes over the years, and it is likely that schools will change even more in the future.

Both parents and students need to be prepared to face all of these issues. If parents are involved in their student's education, then they can fight to ensure that their student receives the best education possible. They can work to give their child an excellent start.

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