Foundations of Education
Final Exam Directions: Select four topics from the topics listed below and write a 1-page paper on each topic posed. Again, you are writing mini-research papers on each question posed, so do your research first before attempting to respond. Be sure to follow APA rules and use references to support your position under each topic. Again, select four topics (50 pts. each) from the listing only. Also, be sure to title each page based on the topic you select below. The due date is July 23rd.
Topics (Select 4 Only):
Topic #1, Chapter 7: Governing and Administering Public Education
You have been hired to discuss the topic of governing and administering public education in the U.S. to a group of superintendents. Discuss the best approaches for governing and administering public education. What works in systems, what does not.
Topic #2, Chapter 8: Financing Public Education
Discuss whether or not the current system to fund public education is equitable and fair and constitutional under the law. If so, why? If not, why not?
Topic #3, Chapter 9: Legal Aspects in Education
Discuss the most prevalent and pervasive legal issues facing educators today, and discuss the latest trends in educational law.
Topic #4, Chapter 12: Providing Equal Educational Opportunity
Discuss whether or not the United States is doing a good job providing equal educational opportunities to its citizens. Be clear and definitive and support your position with facts.
Topic #5, Chapter 13: The Changing Purposes of American Education
Discuss the various changing purposes of American Education. What have been the past trends and what are the current trends. Are we, as a country, fulfilling our mission to educate all children? If so, how so? If not, why not?
Topic #6, Chapter 14: Curriculum and Instruction
If you were a principal, discuss how you would manage the curriculum and instruction elements of your school. How would you promote buy-in and effective instruction? What are some best practices that ensure that students are learning and that instruction is being delivered at a high level?
Topic #7, Chapter 16: School Effectiveness and Reform in the United States
What, based on your research, leads to school effectiveness at the highest level? Discuss those best practices you have discovered that school districts and administrators need to consider