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Higher Education Revamp in US: Obama

The article encompasses the vast changes, being suggested by the Obama administration, to improve the quality of education being imparted to students in the United States.

President Barack Obama has announced the plan to reform higher education in the United States of America. The plan incorporates for a number of steps that will affect education down to the grass root level. The reform allows for extra remittances for quality teacher, longer school days and years for students, higher standards to be followed by school across the United States.

Problems Faced:
The President’s reforms seem to address a number of critical problems that seem to affect the quality of education being imparted to people in the United States. The President seems to address the lack of standards in terms of quality education and states that it is by no means acceptable that students turn up with mediocre scores on international ranking, despite having the best financed school systems. He also seems to be focusing on the high dropout rate of students in school and carrying on with education at the college level. In the words of the President Obama

"Our curriculum for eighth-graders is two full years behind top-performing countries,”. "That is a prescription for economic decline, and I refuse to accept that America's children cannot rise to this challenge.  They can, and they must, and they will meet higher standards in our time."

Approach, "tight on goals, loose on means”:
The approach tends to focus on improving the standards at school by providing emphasis on goals and not concentrating so much on the means. This plan will allow more maneuvering on the part of government regulations, to reach goals within school districts. The current plan requires mandatory changes suggested for law to encounter low results and improve the situation, but the proposed law allows the state or district to take necessary steps on their own level to improve education standards. The plan also suggests strict measures like mass retirements and firing of teachers who fall in the bottom five percent, to enhance the quality of education that is being imparted at these educational institutions.

Support:
The planned move seems to have the approval of key democrats, but, on the other hand, the teachers union across the United States has raised concerns on whether the plan asks too much from the teacher by providing them no credible authority. The unions fear the fact that the plan will only award 10 percent of the schools, and target the bottom five, while ignoring the remaining 85 percent. You just can’t expect all students to be college growing by the end of their school. The second largest teachers union in the United States raised these concerns. The story does not end there; the plan has also attracted criticism from Andrew Smarick, a former Education Department official who says that by stating such means the government has widely acknowledged the fact that it does not have a remedy for the problems of the schoolchildren across the United States.

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