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My formal education began in 1967 in a small school in north central Iowa. The world was a lot different then. There were 13 students in my kindergarten class. We all lived with our biological mother and father. Our fathers were the "breadwinners;" our mothers were the "bread makers." We read books about Dick, Jane, and Sally and completed thousands of worksheets. We memorized facts and sat quietly while the teacher did all the talking. We thought that once we graduated from high school we were finished with school forever. Words, such as drugs, computers, and AIDS, were not a part of our vocabulary. When we graduated 13 years later, ten of us had made the journey together. We had learned a lot about drugs, a little about computers, and nothing about AIDS. Today, 17 years after high school graduation, we know a lot about drugs, computers, and AIDS. Our society continues to change at a rapid rate, and education needs to keep pace with these changes. Even though our current educational system has changed slightly from that in which I learned, it does not provide our students with the skills necessary to compete in a global economy; therefore, as educators we must begin to move in a positive direction. We must work together to build quality schools. When we think of quality we must continuously think about what is best for our students.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Dale R. Jackson

Second Advisor

Robert H. Decker


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