It is the end of 2012 and there were many issues surrounding education. Issues ranging from for-profit scandals to the political debate on education. Here were a few issues that were highly discussed in 2012:
• For-profit Ashford University losing its WASC accreditation
• Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s political and presidential debate surrounding education
• Anti-bullying issues
• Teacher strike in Chicago, Illinois
• Safety in schools
Issue #1: WASC Denies Ashford University Accreditation
According to Dahlstrom (2012), Ashford University has been denied accreditation the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Ashford University was denied accreditation by WASC based on focusing more on the recruitment of students rather than actually educating them. North County Times Staff writer Fikes (2012) discusses the WASC accreditation denial by stating that “the Western Association report said Ashford had several areas of significant deficiencies, which precluded it from being accredited at this time. Ashford said it would appeal the denial and also reapply for initial accreditation” (Fikes, 1). Based on WASC’s denial of accreditation, there has been much scrutiny about other issues surrounding for-profit colleges and universities.
Issue #2: President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney’s Debate on Education
In the year of 2012, there was an election surrounding both candidates. President Barack Obama and candidate Mitt Romney participated in the Presidential debate. Both candidates in October discussed issues surrounding education. Throughout the first and second debates, education was discussed. Based on Resmovits and Siddiqui’s (2012) research, education and funding were briefly discussed but the whole debate involving education was not the focal point of politics by voters. President Obama discussed education and funding surrounding schools. Mitt Romney talked about voucher-like agendas; however, his proposals did not explain exactly how vouchers would actually work for students to attend private schools (Resmovits et al, 2012). Voters hoped to get more information about the candidates’ plans of setting an agenda for their platform encircling education.
Issue #3: Anti-Bullying Campaigns in Schools
The year of 2012 focused on bullying and how to combat school bullying. According to the research team from the Education Development Center (EDC) has paved the way by focusing on bullying. Bullying within schools and cyber-bullying. Both schools and social networking sites have bullying issues. EDC (2012) has been one of the recipients in receiving an award by Facebook in order to increase awareness as well as conducting research on the issue of bullying (Schneider, 2012). All aspects of bullying in schools and on the internet will be the platform of EDC.
Issue #4: Teachers Strike in Chicago, Illinois
The year of 2012 has experienced many issues surrounding education. In September 2012, many teachers were compelled to undergo a strike. This strike occurred in Chicago, Illinois. There were many negotiations discussed between the education board and teachers. Some of the issues include the following in teacher and education:
• Teacher performance
• Possible dismissal of some teachers based on evaluations from the board
• Contract Issues and negotiation
According to reports given by CNN (2012) teachers also participated in a teacher’s strike based on fighting for justice for students and the value of education. Many teachers who participated in the strike not only were upset about teacher evaluations and possible dismissal of some teachers, they voiced their concern by engaging in the strike.
Issue #5: Safety in Schools
In December 2012, an incident that horrified a nation resulted in casualties. The mass shooting that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. As a result of these casualties that have taken place, safety precautions have been taken in order to ensure that students, teachers, and staff are protected.
Education in 2012: Retrospect
The year of 2012 has seen much issues surrounding education. This ranges from security, higher education, teachers, and the political arena. Education has served a purpose throughout 2012.
CNN Wire Staff . (2012, September 11). Second day of Chicago school talks ends without an accord. Retrieved from CNN U.S.: http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/11/us/illinois-chicago-teachers-strike/index.html
Dahlstrom, K. (2012, July 10). Ashford University Denied Accreditation: School Officials to Reapply in December. Retrieved from Clinton Herald: News About You!: http://clintonherald.com/local/x546505828/Ashford-University-denied-accreditation
Fikes, B. (2012, July 17th). EDUCATION: Lawsuits Mount Against Bridgepoint Education. Retrieved from North County: Serving North San Diego and Southwest Riverside Counties: http://www.nctimes.com/business/education-lawsuits-mount-against-bridgepoint-education/article_02b59d77-7d43-5799-9055-61458c1cf60b.html
Resmovits, J. & Siddiqui, S. (2012, October 16). Presidential Debate On Education: Will Obama Press Romney On Education Differences? Retrieved from The Huffington Post: Education: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/16/presidential-debate-education_n_1970676.html
Schneider, K. S. (2012, February 16). Bullying in 2012: Fighting Fear With Facts . Retrieved from The Huffington Post: Education http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shari-kessel-schneider/bullying-in-2012-fighting_b_1282687.html