Many United States schools are currently in the process of going through what is known as school reform or education reform. Changes in the school’s policies are now being considered due to new demands that are coming from social, economic and technological forces. These demands are being made on what the students need to know and learn in order to be successful. It is important to understand what education and school reform are, and what they mean for your children and your local schools. This will help you understand the improvements that are being made to the education system in your area.
You should keep in mind that parental participation is an important part when it comes to successful reform of schools and education, especially when you consider that the education reform process is going to affect both the children in school and their parents as well.
What is Education Reform or School Reform?
The first thing to know is that both terms are generally used for the same purpose. Education reform is an umbrella term or a catch phrase that incorporates a wide range of different policies and programs into the education system. Reforms are typically designed to make changes to some rule or some procedure that is affecting the way that the school operates. Terms such as renewal and reform are meant to be thought of as bringing about small steps in the direction of change. Compared to the concept of school restructuring, it is important to realize that renewal and reform do not make great changes to the organization of the school, but rather its policies and its programs instead.
If schools in your area are going through the renewal or reform process, then it is time for you as a parent to get involved in the process so that you can have a say in your child’s education.