Date on Honors Thesis

Spring 5-10-2024


Middle School Education

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Miguel Gomez, Advisor

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Kemaly Parr, Committee Member

Examining Committee Member

Dr. Stephanie Ford, Committee Member


Education is often seen as a living thing, something that should grow and change with time. However, for far too many people who experience education from both within the school structure and for those who experience education from outside the school structure it can often seem like the educational system is stagnate, dying, and in some cases dead. One shared reason for this perception is perceived barriers in education that stifle creativity and allow educational systems to grow, adapt, and change to meet the needs of the students they serve. This study set out to identify what those barriers are and how they manifest themselves in education. The study identified 3 main barriers that are seen within education: Politics, Policies, and Procedures. The case study set out to determine how these barriers are seen in the lives of an experienced superintendent and an experienced principal. After interviewing each participant, multiple themes were identified to describe how Politics, Policies, and Procedures are barriers in their day-to-day lives. These themes were used to describe what can be done to break down barriers within education and bring it back to life.

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