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Cracking the Code: The New Education Revolution
Cracking the Code: The New Education Revolution is an initiative of BasicsProject.org that empowers parents by affording more transparency to the educational process; prospective and practicing teachers by providing comprehensive information about the field not covered in education schools; and finally, anyone who cares about education reform by providing a web based reference site explaining the “eduspeak” which confounds those not versed in the field of education. Lack of Communication between parents and educators results in parents being unable to truly participate in the education of their children. The goal of Cracking the Code: The New Education Revolution is to empower parents and people concerned with the education of our children by providing them the tools to make the best educational choices for their their communities and our country. 
Ideology Delivery Systems
Ideology simply means, a set of beliefs. Everything that a person learns goes to determine his or her ideology. As children or as adults, what we are formally taught or what we intentionally learn forms only part of our total education. We learn from all our experience.

What set of beliefs influence our education system and student learning? Competing interest groups influence and shape education policy. Because of this, the education system is in constant flux. Three categories of special interests exert their influence:

▪ Government (politicians, school boards, and the courts)

▪ Special interest groups
(unions, foundations, parents, and business)

▪ The knowledge industry
(funding agencies, researchers, knowledge brokers, and testing and publishing industries)

More Information - Viewpoints: From the Statehouse to the Classroom: Governing America's Schools Is Politics in Education Here to Stay?
How will information be presented? The way the delivery system is planned and organized reflects specific educational purposes or objectives. Research has shown that learners need and want to receive information, experience information, and be supported and reinforced in the learning process. It is a job of the provider to build a bridge that allows learners to assimilate or integrate the new information with knowledge they already possess. When deciding on a delivery system, several factors should be considered These factors are:

The targeted audience

The educational objective

The type and content of the message being provided

The characteristics of the delivery method

The usefulness of the method in providing desired learning support

More Information - Program Delivery Methods

Teaching Styles Schools of Education
There are four different recognized styles of teaching:

In Teacher-centered classrooms, information is presented and students receive knowledge.

In a Teacher-centered approach, modeling and demonstration is emphasized. This encourages students to observe processes as well as content.

In a Student-centered model, teachers design activities, social interactions, or problem-solving situations that allow students to practice the processes for applying course content.
 
A teacher acting as a Facilitator places the onus of learning on the students by providing complex tasks that require student initiative, and often group work, to complete.

More Information - How To: Adjust Your Teaching Style to Your Students' Learning Style

All 50 States and the District of Columbia require public school teachers to be licensed. Licensure is not required for teachers in private schools in most States. Usually licensure is granted by the State Board of Education or a licensure advisory committee. Teachers may be licensed to teach the early childhood grades (usually preschool through grade 3); the elementary grades (grades 1 through 6 or 8); the middle grades (grades 5 through 8); a secondary-education subject area (usually grades 7 through 12); or a special subject, such as reading or music (usually grades kindergarten through 12).

Requirements for regular licenses to teach kindergarten through grade 12 vary by State. However, all States require general education teachers to have a bachelor’s degree and to have completed an approved teacher training program with a prescribed number of subject and education credits, as well as supervised practice teaching.

Excerpt from - U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

Classroom Variables Benchmarks
Classroom variables are the reasons some students in some classrooms might learn more than students in the same or another classroom. The reasons can be classified into four categories.

Context: All those factors outside of the classroom that might influence teaching and learning.

Input: Those qualities or characteristics of teachers and students that they bring with them to the classroom experience.

Classroom Processes: Teacher and student behaviors in the classroom as well as some other variables such as classroom climate and teacher/student relationships.
 
Output: Measures of student learning taken apart from the normal instructional process.

More Information - A Transactional Model of the Teaching/Learning Process
Education is a lifelong experience — from birth to death. Many residents spend one-third of their lifetime in formal education — public education, technical college, university and education for employment and advancement. There are many benchmarks along the education continuum.

A benchmark is a marker along the way... a measure of where we are... an indicator of how we are doing. School readiness is the first indicator of how children will perform academically in school.

More Information - Standards & Benchmarks

Assessments Publishers
Assessment is simply evaluating progress or achievement in the development of a particular skill, or in the understanding of a particular area of knowledge. With young children, informal assessment is based on observation by a parent/guardian or early learning practitioner.

In primary school, informal observation is supplemented with assessment tools, such as teacher-designed tests and tasks, project work and portfolios across the curriculum and standardized tests.

Assessment feedback alerts the student and teacher to strengths and weaknesses, and helps them both identify next steps and strategies for improvement. Teachers use this information when planning lessons, choosing resource materials and in meeting the different needs of different learners. Assessment information is used to provide parents information about their children's academic progress and ability.

Screening or diagnostic assessment is useful if a parent or teacher suspects that a child may have a learning difficulty, or if the child is not progressing as well as their peers.

More Information - Assessment

Textbook adoption has been hijacked by pressure groups. The textbook adoption process has been a feature of American education since Reconstruction, when former Confederate states issued guidelines
for school materials that reflected their version of the Civil War. In the present day, special interest pressure groups from the politically correct left and the religious right exert enormous influence on textbook content through bias and sensitivity guidelines and reviews that have dumbed down textbook content in an attempt to render them inoffensive to every possible ethnic, religious, and political constituency.

Excerpt from - The Mad, Mad World of Textbook Adoption
 

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