A True Education

A True Education Students from impoverished neighborhoods and students from economically secure neighborhoods; who deserves the best education? Better yet who deserves an education? In the opinions of both Mike Walzer and Mike Johnson everyone who desires an education deserves one regardless of their social or economic background. This is democracy at work, yet here is where the two men have their first difference of opinion. To Walzer, the goal of a basic education is to provide all students with the tools they need to succeed in life, while promoting social values and an understanding of democracy. This is all fine and well, but to Johnson education should prepare children for the world they live in and the world they will shape. Democracy can be taught and learned from reading the papers not giving the students a say in their education. Students must be pushed into the subjects the teach feels they as a member of society will need to learn. If the school is going to prepare the student to succeed in life than the school must give its students a strong basic education. Johnson pushes his students to take the SATs in their freshman year, makes them take Regents exams regardless of their learning level, and pushes them past the limits of their abilities. Is this reform? Is this a working system of education? Yes in both instances. Why? Because right now students wanting to go to college or get a job are measured by certain standards and in order to succeed they must meet the minimum requirements. While many argue the necessity to break away from standards and judge students based on individual portfolios, Johnson views the reality of the present situation. That reality is everyone must fit a standard and until that is changed first, the goal of education is to prepare students to meet those standards. By forcing students to over-achieve and learn basic societal skills like how to act in a formal setting (a s…

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