Central problems with American education are fundamentally political (re: the goals that schools should pursue).
A Coggle Diagram about GOAL #3: Social mobility, GOAL #2: Social efficiency, GOAL #1: Democratic Equality, The impacts and interactions of these three goals have had three major consequences, (REFLECTION/EXAMPLES:
1.) In Lawrence, Massachusetts, the district "receiver" recently created an exam school within the existing traditional high school, which was built for/ separated into thematic small schools. The qualitative distinctions run the gamut; the most egregious of the differences is that the new school was placed in the LHS library, which is now virtually nonexistent (the collections were placed in the basement of a nearby school, and very fancy classrooms were built where common-use space used to be.) The curriculum , structure, and experiences of students in the exam school are vastly different from the rest of the school- the courses are all Honors, Advanced Honors, Pre-AP, and AP.
2.) In PLC meetings, teachers' alignment with the various goals of education are evident; some will argue that the content itself is valuable and important, while others are more concerned with building character and instilling in students the values that teachers believe they lack, and still another group identifies students' potential to "make it out" by attending selective universities. Students are likely all getting mixed messages in their classroom about everything from uniform and late work policies, to the "usability" of content in the real world.) and Points of divergence for the goals: extent to which they portray education a public or private good, extent to which they understand education as preparation for political/ market roles, and perspectives that arise from individual place in social structure.