SOC320 Public Policy & Social Services

Education in the
United States

Read Chapter 9 of The Policy Game: Understanding U.S.
Policy Making
, and watch Changing Education Paradigms (or read the transcript). Then, write a
paper on the problem of education in the United States. Share your reactions to
the concepts and perspective presented in the video. In your paper, address the

  1. Does every individual have the right of access to
    education? Explain why or why not?
  2. Do you think every individual has the right to the same
    kind of education (i.e., academic versus vocational)? Explain why.
  3. Who should be responsible for the provision of education,
    the federal or local government, or individual citizens? Explain why.
  4. In your opinion, what needs to be done currently to
    improve our educational system?

discuss one policy that you feel has been instrumental in making positive
changes in the provision of education either nationally or locally and explain
your position.

Your paper must be three to four pages in length. Begin your paper with an
introduction, including a succinct thesis statement. Respond to all questions
with critical thought. Conclude with a summary of your thesis and findings.
Conclude summarizing your perspective and findings. Incorporate three to five
scholarly sources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford University
Library. Your paper must be formatted according to APA style as outlined in the
Ashford Writing Center. All sources must be properly cited in text, and your
paper must include a separate title page and reference page.

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