Research S4 Round 2 What are the values in the Educational System?

Have you wondered about where you learn where you learn? Read to really find out. 
Hey how are you? Good. Let's move on -Replies for comments from R1 are below and take note that i am posting on a Bi-Weekly basis (every 2 weeks)! 

Last round i was talking about Truancy works and the history of it's purpose and development. For this round topic idea would be how the "Education System" is organized- what the requirements are and how the process works. Keep in mind, i won't be too detailed on curriculum as it is under major changes. (4) (7) 

Inquiry Question: What are the values in the Educational System?

Starting off i'll talk about just specifically Education in British Columbia. Be fair warned that we are not too far from different than USA. This round will be important to know, as when we compare to other countries, PERHAPS how the Education system is Organized, has an impact on the overall performance of students...(this is just an educated guess for now) 

So let's begin with the chain of command. Ready? Alright. 
Principal>Teachers> Student. 
That's it! -- 

--As if it was that simple. This is what we see usually day to day. The surface. But of course you know there is the school district with the superintendent then there's his/her boss and so on. 
Since there is a lot to each levels, i will look at POLICIES at each level to give you the idea of what powers/roles of each! 

Lets look at the big guy: Ministry of Education. 

Wow, sounds impressive. Turns out, there's a whole book on policies, how school libraries should be and their jobs (there must be a head librarian that oversees the library [3]), and specifications to things like school calendars- (Have to be made public [2])! 

(1) One role of the Ministry is to set policies on 

  • Education Standards 
  • Monitoring student performances and reporting statistics
  • Working with schools and community to improve performances
  • Setting funds for the Ed. System 
  • Overseeing the whole system 

Below that, there's the Boards of Education. 

(1) Which is, School boards/ Districts. They: 

  • Set Pro-D days 
  • Finding out what is the need of the community and maybe need to create special schools. 

(1) Then, Schools:
Principals and district admins look at the close up levels that are set expectations. (Basically its the things you have to do at the start of every year) The rules like (don't burn the school down) 

Now that we know the chain of command, whats the range of required school years? The generic length is from Kindergarten to Grade 12 for "a successful and healthy life." (Ministry of Education) (5) 

(If you are interested, Source (6) takes a look at the levels like this above but for how funding and money is used) 

Now before i finish off, how about we take a look at Student Satisfaction survey results! (due to limitations, stats will be based on SD43) 

"Are you satisfied of what you are learning at school?" - answers by all students in Elementary and Secondary level were below 50% (8) 
"Do you feel welcome at school?" - answers by all students were above 50 % (8) 
[Which is good.] 

The next post will be taking a trip across the world and finding out more about something heard of quite frequently- Finland's impressive school system. 




Got thoughts, ideas, opinions or something to say? Type away below and i'll be sure to see them (and typically reply to them in my next post!)   

That is it! See you in ROUND 3 Thanks for reading! Remember, I am on a Bi-Weekly schedule. So not next week, but the week after this posting! 



@Heeva Chavoshi (Charles Best) Thanks for enjoying! For your question, it only applies to those who have an actual good reason to leave. That was the issue with the news article as she had a good reason to not be there  so that was a controversy which in the end public revoked her sentence. Legit reasons of course. Across different levels of school, there are different responsibilities, and it is important to the student to take action for their own things but you'll find that the school is more than happy to help. (High school: teachers, counselors, or if must, Admins) 
@Nazaha Muntafi (Johnston Heights) Thanks for reading! Sorry i dont exactly know what you mean by that question, but education in my books is that BUT including other things. The verb "to educate" is to (intellectual, moral etc) instruction to someone. The TION makes it an official place for that. I feel like education goes beyond school while school is a core hub for starting points. 
@Ben Laird (LFAS) Yep exactly! How school should work is still in progress and that will be an issue i will mention later on. Politics are heavily involved for one. The changes are costly as well. However its something if society will really put forward action. If that doesnt happen, it'll be harder. Things are changing and how things should work has to adapt to that as well. School is great, but it is also not great. Depends which part of it, in this day in age. 
@Sophie Holland (LFAS) Thanks ^.^ Ah you may have misread. That was the introductory for this SPECIFIC round of research. The main topic is in my Project Plan here: . No worries, its definitely in my plans. 
@Sarnaver Mwende (Alumni): I will be sure to take a look in comparison when i do that for other countries as well! (Eg: Finland. USA) Unemployment will be a whole new separate topic but i will take a look at any correlations between school and employment rates! 

Codes in titles: 
S: stands for "Series" which correlates to a unique inquiry question. 
(C) Cycle: Each consists ideally 6 rounds (posts) of research. Question may change every cycle, or be continued from previous cycle. (About 4 cycles per school year) 
Round [of research]: Individual posts in a research cycle. Sometimes denoted as "R" 


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HELLO JIM LIU. i really enjoyed reading your post it is well outlined .i also got to learn about your education system <British Columbia>waiting to learn more in your next post. I am not so familiar with the British Columbia education system but I will be ready to help especially when you get to the comparison of education system in different countries and the increasing  unemployment rate.

Hi Jim,

I really enjoyed reading this post! It's funny how we see the chain of command every day from admin to teachers to students but we never really think about it any more than that. Since you are talking about values in the education system it might be cool to research what skills they are teaching us? Because obviously they are giving us knowledge but most of the standard tests are memorization rather than application, although that seems to be changing with the new curriculum I believe? Anyways, looking forward to your next post!


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