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Educational Policy: The Culture of Fear and the Politics of Education The purpose of the American public school system is to justly educate children in American society and to create good citizens . While this may have been the original principle, the failings of the public education system as a result of class culture, economic inequality, and political policy has been made evident . After the publication of A Nation at Risk in 1983, media involvement as well as political involvement in the education system has increased . This article “The Culture of Fear and the Politics of Education” by Rick Ginsberg and Leif Frederick Lyche analyzes the causes behind the increased media coverage as well as assess public sentiment concerning the problems of education . Published in January 2008, the article seeks to claim that the institution of education has become a part of an American “culture of fear” . Ginsberg and Lyche begin by discussing the importance in the rhetoric and language of A Nation at Risk and the conditions of American society then . It seems as though the failure of the American public school system was attributed to the “decline in commerce, industry, science, and technological innovation” (Ginsberg, Lyche . 11) . The culture of fear then was apparent: American society seemed weak in terms of the global economy . Yet here we are, 25 years later and in spite of the “fact that the United States today is unequivocally the worldwide leader in commerce, industry, science, and technological innovation—not to mention military superiority” (Ginsberg, Lyche . 11) the American public school system is still weak and plagued with problems of inadequacy and inequality . The authors cite a report What Education Schools Aren’t Teaching About
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Reading and What Elementary Teachers Aren’t Learning from the National Council on Teach Quality that argues that the problem with public education is that education schools were not teaching the science of reading .
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