Politics The Most Important Education Issues Today  

Lauren Slocum
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List Rules Vote up the education issues you care about most deeply. Vote down the issues you don't think are problems.

Educational issues are a hot topic of debate across America and worldwide. Our school systems are in a constant state of flux and reform, so there is never a shortage of delicate, complex issues worthy of discussion and debate. Providing solid education - from Kindergarten to college - is obviously vital for the future. A well-informed populace is necessary to move humanity forward in terms of social progress, technology, medicine, and more. This is often why education policy issues tend to trigger passionate arguments. We all have an investment in the future, and we all want children and young adults to receive the best educational opportunities possible. 

Some problems with education reflect current political issues and social issues, with problems like income inequality, gender divides, and civil rights issues bleeding into our school systems. The ongoing gun debate affects school safety. The rising cost of higher education shows the increasing class divide in America. Even though parents, students, faculty, and political parties can't agree on how to fix these current problems, we can all agree that reforms around safety, testing, and funding are necessary as we race toward a more technologically-advanced and populated economy. 

What's wrong with education programs today? Which issues need to be tackled immediately? On-campus safety issues? Bullying? Loan-forgiveness? Below is a list of issues surrounding education in America. Vote up the issues you find the most important and urgent. 

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School Safety is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
School Safety

There have been 290 school shootings since 2013 and issues like sexual violence and aggressive bullying also plague classrooms everywhere. While Congress works to pass legislation protecting the nation's students, some feel regulations are not strict enough. How can educational programs work to combat such acts?

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Rising Cost of Higher Educatio... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Rising Cost of Higher Education

Since 1988, the cost of college has risen 163 percent. Is college really feasible for the average person anymore? What can we do to curb costs and make higher education more accessible?

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Government Spending On Educati... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Government Spending On Education

With the threat of massive cuts to education spending on the rise, should the government be putting more money into schools? Or are educational cuts reasonable if government money is needed elsewhere? 

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Teacher Wage Increases is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Teacher Wage Increases

Teacher walk-outs and protests around weak wage increases have been dominating east coast school districts. With the rising responsibility on campus to teach multiple subjects, what should wage increases look like for teachers nationwide?

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Classroom Overcrowding is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Classroom Overcrowding

With class sizes growing each year - sometimes with 40 kids in a single teacher classroom - are students getting enough individual attention? And how is this affecting their education? 

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Physical Education/Recess is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Physical Education/Recess

Many modern day factors play a role in the importance of physical education. Child obesity, modern technology, and urban environments are all relevant. But should P.E. be a standardized practice among all kids?

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School Discipline Policies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
School Discipline Policies

Every school has a code of conduct that each student must abide. But are discipline policies applied in a fair and consistent manner, regardless of race, gender orientation, and other factors? 

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Bullying is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Bullying

Are we doing enough to combat bullying? And how effectively is it addressed in the classroom? 

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Standardized Testing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Standardized Testing

Standardized tests are used to determine college eligibility. They are also used to assess a school district's overall success, and schools may receive favor in the form of funding and grants for high test scores. But some say these tests don't really measure intelligence and put students that lack test taking skills at a disadvantage. 

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Technology In The Classroom is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Technology In The Classroom

In addition to basic questions of whether cellphones, laptops, and similar devices should have a place in the classroom at all, there's the issue of accessibility. Poorer schools generally have less money to put towards equipment like computers, which could put their students at an educational disadvantage. 

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Loan Forgiveness is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Loan Forgiveness

In 2017, Congress began a reform of the Higher Education Act that included eliminating the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which could leave many students with more debt than anticipated. Should students be held accountable for all their loans or should the government forgive loans given the increasing cost of higher education? 

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The Availability Of Assistive ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
The Availability Of Assistive Technology

Students with physicals disabilities require certain technologies to keep up with other classmates. How can we make sure these technologies are readily available in every school in America? 

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Sex Education In Schools is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Sex Education In Schools

Out of the 24 states that require public schools to teach sex education, only 20 require information be medically, factually, and technically accurate. Should sex education be taught in the classroom at all and - if so - should there be more done to ensure students receive accurate information? 

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Civil Rights is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Civil Rights

It's a topic of conversation extending beyond the classroom, but our educational institutions need to be setting the example. Are classrooms teaching students about current issues surrounding civil rights? And are students of all races receiving equal treatment in the classroom? 

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Liberal Arts Education is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Liberal Arts Education

Due to requirements enforced by standardized tests and the No Child Left Behind act, liberal arts have fallen to the wayside in many schools. What role do the liberal arts play in primary, secondary, and even higher education? And how crucial are those subjects to education as a whole? 

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The Achievement Gap is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
The Achievement Gap

Achievement gaps - such as the ones between male and female students, white and minority students, and native and non-native English speakers - are the result of a variety of social and economic issues. Should we be doing more to make sure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed? 

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School Choice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
School Choice

School Choice allows parents to send students to a school of their choosing rather than one in their district. Advocates say it benefits low income families, giving them more options than those provided by schools in their district. Opponents say the program siphons money away from low-income schools, failing to address larger systemic problems. 

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Recent research shows that SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) is a key fundamental in children's (and adult's) education. SEL focuses on building strong relationships, practicing empathy, decision making, and learning how to manage emotions. Should we be pushing for more SEL in the classroom? 

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High Stakes Tests is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
High Stakes Tests

In addition to standardized tests imposed on students, some schools require educators to take tests to assess performance. Schools are penalized for low student and teacher test scores, but do these tests measure academic success or the ability to take a test? 

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Charter Schools is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Charter Schools

While independently run, free from some regulations, and sometimes operated for profit, Charter Schools remain publicly funded. Some feel Charter Schools provide a better learning experience for students. Others feel Charter Schools are a sign public education is becoming too privatized. 

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Diversity In Gifted Education ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Diversity In Gifted Education Programs

Gifted education programs can enrich a student's academic experience and provide access to invaluable opportunities later in life. Are we doing enough to make sure we include students of a variety of racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds in gifted programs? 

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ES... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)- No Child Left Behind

The controversial "No Child Left Behind" act replaces federal evaluations with state sanctions to create rules around grading, punishments, and general school standards. Some think this ensures schools are up to standard nationwide. Others think too much federal control means government evaluations dictate what curriculum is and is not taught. 

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Length Of School Days is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Length Of School Days

The research on how much longer school days improve learning is still unclear. Is the extra money and time required for increasing classroom hours worth it without significant improvement? And are students spending too much time in the classroom? 

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The Common Core is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
The Common Core

In the same vein as standardized testing, The Common Core sets a standard of what students should know depending on their age and grade. However, is the Common Core based on solid research? Does it factor in that children develop at different rates? Where do you stand?

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Multi-Cultural Education is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Multi-Cultural Education

Are we doing enough to integrate multicultural lesson plans, literature, and holidays into the classroom to represent our increasingly diverse student bodies? 

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Religion In The Classroom is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Religion In The Classroom

How much can we teach about religion in public schools? And can students engage in activities related to their faith - such as praying - inside school walls? 

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Gender Discrimination In STEM is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Important Education Issues Today
Gender Discrimination In STEM

From elementary school to college, female students feel unwelcome in STEM courses. Are there systemic issues pushing women away from this type of curriculum?