Please answer ONE of the following prompts. Essays should be no more than 1,500 words. They should contain well-crafted arguments with thesis statements that answer ALL parts of the prompt. For each paragraph, there must be a topic sentence that is directly linked to the thesis. Essays should include original analysis and draw from the readings and discussions in order to support core claims with evidence. You may find it helpful to very briefly define key terms and concepts. Essays must be uploaded to canvas by Friday, November 6, 2020.
A new set of education policies, which include expanding charter schools, vouchers, standardized tests, and competitive grants, has gained support among Republicans and many Democrats. Is this agenda for education reform that prioritizes school choice and accountability the right one for America’s schools? Or should this agenda be jettisoned for an alternative set of policies? Explain your reasoning. Be sure to specify at least one policy that is crucial to improving the quality of education, and explain its significance.
Terry Moe has sharply criticized teachers’ unions for impeding reforms that would make schools better. Do you agree with Moe, and think that teachers’ unions need to be significantly weakened to improve learning? Or do you think that teachers’ unions are unfairly blamed for deeper political and social problems? Explain your reasoning and provide evidence from specific cases.