Educational policy is the compilation of laws and rules that directs the process of the system of education. Simply put, it is a pointer to “how” the education system is to be managed. The importance of education policy can be seen in the fact that “education policy is focused on improving the lives of all by giving people the skills necessary to compete in the 21st century. ”(Bush, 2007). In an ideal environment, education policies are established in response to a need in the educational system.
There are research groups that are solely charged with making studies on how to improve the quality of education in our country. In the local school or the district school, the stakeholders (parents and teachers) meet with the policymakers (education board, mayor). The outcome of such meetings translates into an educational policy. I believe the policymakers should incorporate the recommendations of the stakeholders more. In my opinion, education research organizations like the Center for the Study of Education Policy should be given a more say in the formulation of educational policies.
When policymakers formulate an educational policy, the local and district schools are bound by the policy established. The local and district schools have to adjust to the new policy that is formulated. For example, in the NCLB policy, schools had to scramble for ways of implementing the policy. Although under the Tenth Amendment, most decisions are made at the state and local levels, the federal government still influences the operation of schools. In my own opinion, it will be prudent to say that local schools and district schools adhere to the school and district policies.
This is because these schools directly rely on the district for their allocation and grants so it is only wise for them to adhere to the district’s policies. In Pennsylvania, sex education is not compulsory. However, in a recent development, the board voted that there should be an abstinence-based comprehensive sex education curriculum I believe this does not demonstrate respect for the rights of others with regard to confidentiality and dignity because the persons involved are not directly involved in the decision made.
As a solution to this, I believe the board should make the new curriculum optional like it used to be.
• America. gov (2007) Bush, in Uruguay, Discusses Importance of Education, Trade. Retrieved from http://www. america. gov/st/washfile-english/2007/March/20070310182837niremm0. 6686212. html on May 2, 2009. • Zlatos, B. (2009) PENNSYLVANIA: Abstinence Key to City School’s Sex Education Policy. Retrieved from http://www. aegis. com/news/ads/2009/AD090347. html on May 2, 2009.