Discuss how you think government policies affect your community, the city, the country as a whole, and the world.
Of course, local government policies tend to have a greater effect on my community and city, as they are designed specifically for my community's needs and challenges. So local taxes for water and sewer systems, road construction and maintenance, etc. both come from me directly and benefit me directly. At the state level, government policy affects my pay rate as a teacher, what my certification requirements are, and the requirements for driving and maintaining my car, just to name a few. So they affect me, but in more rare instances than the local level, and more indirectly.
Federal policy affects me the least. I am not in the military nor do I work for the federal government. I pay taxes, sure, and the interstate system I drive on is funded by them, and some of their economic policies like loan rates and public works spending affect my local community, but that's really about it. Ironic, since the loudest debate is about the federal government and its policies, when those decisions are least likely to affect us.
The previous post was very strong about how government policies do impact daily lives of individuals and their contexts around them. Initially, I would say that NCLB is a great example of this. Additionally, I think that the idea of the stimulus packages passed are another example of how all levels of political organizations are impacted by legislation. Money that individuals receive is hoped to be reinvested into a stagnant economic order, while the money that municipalities receive is meant to support public works and other initiatives that help out all areas. Additionally, I think that the health care bill passed might be another example of this. The idea of being able to afford health care for individuals who lacked it will transform how social orders interact with one another. Hospitals will not be put in the unenviable predicament of turning people away, while doctors will be able to interact with their patients without the hurdle of lack of coverage impeding such connection. This might be an example of how one government policy holds sway over community, cities and individuals’ worlds in general.
I already know that this answer has been talked about, complained about, debated, and almost turned into a cliche - but as a teacher (and particularly for public school teachers) the No Child Left Behind Policy is something that affects us every single day in the classroom, so whether we're talking about it or not, we're very aware of it.
The idea behind NCLB was certainly a noble pursuit to make sure that all American students who graduate from High School actually achieve the education that the diploma suggests. In a sense - no more kids getting all the way through high school without the ability to read. Makes sense in theory - but the way it has played out has had some unintended consequences.
A major consequence of NCLB is the pressure on teachers/schools to graduate students in 4 years. This should be realistic, but for many students it simply is not. As a result, unconsciously perhaps, teachers have slowly lowered their expectations so that more students can pass. Due dates are certainly a thing of the past. We now let kids graduate from a grade if he "eventually" gets the work done - and at that point, a D- is given for effort - as the quality of the work no longer matters as much. Well, imagine this lowering of standards across a city, state, and the country. What this means is that American High Schools have largely been graduating students who only met the minimum requirements (maybe). Large groups of those students go on to universities and professors are complaining that the general level of knowledge and ability is largely lower than it was just 10 years ago. So they lower their standards. Now we have a workforce of young people who have been told (by the power of promotion) that they are good enough. But the fact is, we are creating and enabling laziness, attitudes of entitlement, and mediocrity.
On a global scale, America is looking at seriously compromising it's position among the top academic countries in the world.