Language Education and Curriculum Standards
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This paper discusses the importance of language education in schools, further examining the national and state standards as these pertain to English education in the United States. First, the paper points out the importance of language and its role it plays in every aspect of life. Next, the paper considers how other countries implement language standards and measures, such as a national test. Various scholars, their research and opinions on this subject are cited. Additionally, the paper notes that standards are considered truly democratic since all must aspire to the same level, despite ethic, racial and economic differences. The paper concludes by stating that English education and standards are intended to promote academic skills such as analysis and critical thinking to all.
From the Paper:"Regardless of the criticism, national standards for the curriculum have been adopted by the United States Government. According to the Education World Web site, the National Standards for Language Arts was created by the National Council of Teachers of English. The Language arts include reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. For the English language, the National Standards include building skills involving communication, critical thinking, and evaluation. The educational system is to provide students with a wider perspective not only of themselves, but also of the world in which they function.
"Philosophically and socially this means an intercultural build-up of an educational basis that will help students not only cope with further educational demands, but also with life in general. Such standards are in keeping with the democratic principles of the country. In pragmatic terms, students are indeed given a much more equal basis of education than the case was in the past. On sociological terms, learning to handle language in both academic and non-academic contexts help learners to identify themselves and their place among others that are both similar and widely different from themselves."
Sample of Sources Used:
- California State Board of Education (1997, Dec). English-Language Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools. http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/documents/elacontentstnds.pdf
- Chiba, Susan (1992, Jan 8). A National Curriculum: Seeking Fairness for All. New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/1992/01/08/us/a-national-curriculum-seeking-fairness-for-all.html
- Education World. (2009). National Standards - English Grades K-12. http://www.education-world.com/standards/national/lang_arts/english/k_12.shtml
- Robertson, Caryn. (1998, March 24). Correcting the Curriculum. Online News Hour. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/forum/march98/education2.html
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