I feel that public policy will always play an important role when it comes to education. There has to be a standard in which professionals within the education profession teach and learn. There has to be rules that solidify what is valid, what is correct and to standard. If we did not have standards within our education, then learning would be just another common thing such as air. We have to validate persons retained knowledge of what has been learned when it deals with institutional learning. There has to be a way to gage progress, justify statistics, and validate what has been taught. I say this because every year, the 309th military intelligence battalion is being evaluated on how the curriculum is taught, what curriculum is being taught, and the statistics of who passes and fails the curriculum.
When it comes to evaluation, standards have to be implemented at all facets of the course we teach. If we did not have policies, standards or regulations that govern how we teach, what we teach and whom we teach, the curriculum I teach would be worthless. (This is just my personal opinion). There are laws that govern what we as human intelligence (HUMINT) collectors can do. There is mandatory training that has to be learned and evaluated to solidify that someone is worthy of conducting the job as a HUMINTer. Everyone cannot perform this job satisfactory, and not everyone will meet the criteria needed to perform this job.
I wanted to share what I read from American Association of State Colleges and Universities. I felt that the below was relevant to why I teach and how we teach in regards to standards and learning because our students (adult learners) are afforded college credits for the training learned. The military as a whole offers college credits and advance rank for knowledge learned prior to entrance into the military. This not only saves the military money but time it takes to train someone if they already have the skills required to conduct a specific job.
#7—Competency-Based and Online Education
“A renewed emphasis on the assessment of students’ prior learning the granting of credit for competencies gained outside the classroom and the evolution of online course and program delivery models, signals that a considerable broadening in access to postsecondary education is underway, especially as it involves returning students and working adults. As one approach, the states of Indiana, Washington and Texas have opted to import the competency-based online programs of Western Governors University. Alternately, the states of California, Florida and Wisconsin are among those building upon existing homegrown capacities, bringing public universities together to offer online educational offerings tailored to labor market needs and which capitalize on each institution’s programmatic strengths.”(AASCU State Relations and Policy Analysis Team. (2013, January). Top 10 Higher Education State Policy Issues for 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2016, from http://www.aascu.org/policy/publications/policy-matters/topten2013.pdf).
- All military service members to include instructors (educators) and adult learners must embrace the Army values, and continuously attend and complete ethics training. Training includes Sexual Harassment Assault Response Prevention/Intervention (SHARP) which is governed by Army regulation (AR) 600-20 CH 7 training, Resiliency training (MRT) which is governed by AR 350-53 ‘ Comprehensive Fitness’, Equal Opportunity (EO) training which is also governed by AR 600-20 ‘Army Command Policy’, amongst other HUMINT mandated perquisites such as maintaining a Top Secret clearance and conducting random urinalysis tests in accordance with AR 600-85 ‘The Army Substance Abuse Program’ to ensure the best are within the ranks of the military.