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Matt Shrader

TEAC 331
Diversity in Education
If a person is going to be paying for an expensive, post-secondary education, shouldn’t it
prepare them for the workforce? The sole purpose of college is to get a degree that will help you
to get a job in the future. The best way to be prepared for the workforce is through a varied and
diverse education. A diverse education must be integrated into the learning process at all levels
of education. There are acts in place that are keeping this from being prominent in the lower
levels of education where it is most important.
Lagemann and Lewis state, “Colleges and universities whether corporate, public, or
private, all exist to serve public purposes. Accordingly, they should be held accountable for
preparing students to be competent citizens, domestically and globally” (Lagemann p. 12). In
order to become a competent citizen both locally and globally you must be educated on
everything that is happening around you and in different parts of the world. In order to be
educated on some of the things that you need to know about being an active local and global
citizen can only be learned in the classroom.
One of the things lacking in post-secondary education across the country is a civic
education. In order to truly become an active citizen a person must be actively involved in their
local, state, and national governments. If students are not educated about the ins and outs of the
entire process of the government it will greatly hinder their ability to be active participants in the
government at all levels. Students should be taught about the details and processes which take
place in each of the different sections of the government. Civic education should be taught at the

post-secondary level to a certain extent, but it should really be emphasized during the secondary
level of education. Since many people do not continue their education past high school, civic
education should be taught in high schools in order to maximize the benefits that this knowledge
offers to not only individuals, but the success of the nation. Secondary, civic education classes
would get students used to thinking about the definitions of fairness, social justice, freedom, and
equality. If a student practices these ideas in their schooling, along with learning what they need
to in order to pursue a career, they will be in much better shape than the student who just learns
the information they need in order to solely get a career.
In order for this type of education in the lower levels of schooling in America, some
things need to be changed. Lower level education must focus a lot more on civic education than
they already do. This is a very hard thing to do with the acts that are in place in regards to
education though. Because of the education gap between the United States and other countries
there is a strong push for the advancement of math, science, and reading.
Since No Child Left Behind was passed all student in pre post-secondary schooling have
been given standardized tests in these three areas to try to catch up to other nation around the
world. According to Zhao “To ensure implementation of these standards… every state has
developed standardized tests according to these standards. Some states even prescribed
textbooks to go with these standards” (Zhao p. 5). This is the problem that we are having, when
students are at their most vital time to broaden their learning we are telling them not to.
Although we are testing better against the world since the act came into place I don’t believe that
is has helped as much as it has hurt. I think we need to focus more on the future of American
students rather than a status among other nations. By having students focus on these three main
subjects we are not doing our duty as a nation to prepare them for the real world. I also think

that they are not learning what they need to in order to fulfill their civic duty. So this is not only
hurting the individuals, but also the nation as a whole.
Diversifying upper level education will help better the nation, because the next
generation will be more prepared to take on the everyday demands of the workforce. The
courses that one takes will also impact their effectiveness in their future career and also in
becoming an active citizen. Post-secondary education is too late for these things to be integrated
and they should be started when formal schooling is started. The sooner this is integrated into
the schooling system the better the effect will be on the future society. However in order to do
this, we must get rid of some policies that are in place in the educational system that are holding
the nation back as a whole.

Works Cited
Hansen, Alaine Tuttle. "Liberated Consumers and the Liberal Arts College." What Is College
For?: The Public Purpose of Higher Education. New York: Teachers College, 2012.
63-85. Print.
Zhao, Yong. Catching Up or Leading the Way. Alexandria, VA: ASCD, 2009. Print.