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What are the political and economic factors involved in educational problems? What are the political and economic factors involved in educational problems?

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The biggest problem we have now is that a group of lobbyists for businessmen wrote a law that requires schools to use standardized assessments, states to sanction schools that don't score well, and created a focus on test-taking. Then a bipartisan Congress somehow managed to pass this bill without reading it, and we ended up with severe government meddling in education.

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This is probably not a popular position, but I believe the NEA (the national teachers' union) has gone too far.  Unions serve a good purpose, and I'm all for teachers being represented in the legislative arena.  Unfortunately, though, it seems to me the focus has been on issues which benefit neither teachers nor students at the local level, where it matters.  This combination of a powerful national force of change being out of touch with the needs of its local constituents, in my opinion, has too often muddied the waters and prevented any real improvements in the educational system.  There's plenty of blame to go...

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It is our politicians who determine economic and educational legislation. The government in power decides on both the economic and educational policies of our country, so obviously all the three factors are intertwined.

A liberal political party will lay down liberal economic and educational policies. It will be in favor of free trade and permit market forces to determine the growth of economy of a country. Similarly, in keeping with this trend it will also favor universal education for the benefit of the masses.

A communist  government will try to control and regulate all  the different stages of the economic development of a nation. It will regulate the educational policies of its government to perpetuate its political ideology.