Issue 5 takes a different approach as how education should be reformed. This approach looks at factors such as economic and global competition. These factors have become more prevalent since the 1950’s and continues to influence discussions and thoughts of those setting policy regarding education. At the bottom of page 64 and top of page 65 Noll list several key issues and historical events that have contributed to the beliefs that our current education system is failing to help our nation in the global market. This is also confirmed by both business leaders and economist who agree that our current system of education isn’t keeping pace with globalization thereby producing an un-qualified workforce.
Marc Tucker has a purposed plan to help make us more globally ready for the future. His plan is to reform our current system of education. He gives a clear 7 step system that will take us through this transition. Although he believes this will be a difficult under taking he feels it is a necessary process to keep us as a nation able to compete (the America mind set…as we spoke of in class) on a global scale.
On the other side of the issues is Herb Childress. Herb feels that there cannot be a specific standardized method to teach everyone; accordingly, the method in which to teach should be based more on the individual and their needs, wants and desires. He does not give us a plan to get there but shows us the eight results of what a high school graduate should look like from his perspective.
Now let’s move on to the part we have all been waiting for the question regarding this issue! Tucker's plan is very detailed in how we would go about implementing it but Childress leaves us with no plan. Therefore, I ask you what steps would we have to take to accomplish the results that Childress is looking for????