Public Education Essay

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“Our task is to educate their (our students) whole being so they can face the future. We may not see the future, but they will and our job is to help them make something of it.”
― Ken Robinson, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

This is a quote that I believe express my feelings towards the profession of teaching, and now more than ever before I can see that the public schooling I have attended has helped develop and shape this belief. My journey through public education has been spanned more than 16 years, from 1996 –currently. SUNY Plattsburgh education courses have taught to me really look deep into the types of schools students are attending, teaching and life ...view middle of the document...

All of the interviews were conducted in a comfortable environment for the interviewee. I audio recorded half of the interviews, and the other half were held via email. I relished the opportunity to ask these interviewees a collage of questions that were relevant to my future career as an educator. I gathered a great deal of information that informed me that everyone has different views about education, but have the same common goal with each other: education serves students in order to prepare them for a better life. In this essay, I will focus on some of the advices and explanations the interviewees have provided in regards to education and what its purpose to students.
Below I have listed the interview questions:
-What are the most important responsibilities a school has to its community and why?
-In your opinion, what is a good life and what could schools do to help students better live it?
-In your estimation what might be gained or lost if public schools were devoted solely to training students to become “College or Career ready?”
-What should public schools be doing differently today?
-How is education changing?
-Do you think public schools have a formal family involvement policy?
-Do you think schools collaborate with community organizations to refer students and their families to appropriate side services?
The first interview I held was with a female who was 74 years old and has worked at the university for more than 30 years. When I asked her the first question on the list she asserted that, “ Well open communication so that both schools and the homes are both aware of what is occurring with students is most important.” I agree with her response for several reasons. First, school communication can contribute to a big part of student educational success. I think it’s...

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