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Education in America

27 Oct

Public schools are being shut down, the cost of college education is going up, more students are dropping out of high school, teachers are still underpaid, and everyone is looking for someone to blame! Who is really failing our students? Is it the parents, teachers, The Department of Education, or are the students simply failing themselves? Some say the schools aren’t well funded, the students aren’t motivated, the teachers don’t care, etc.

“In the past two years, Detroit has closed 59 schools and cut 30 percent of the school system’s workforce. But the district is still staring at a deficit of more than $300 million, and thousands of students continue to flee every year.”

–Hulett, Sarah “Detroit’s Education Rehab: Are Charter’s A Solution?” NPR, May 11, 2011. Online. Available: http://www.npr.org/2011/05/11/136206552/detroits-education-rehab-are-charters-a-solution October 27, 2011.

The vacant Sherrard School is seen in Detroit on Monday, Dec. 7, 2009. (AP Photo/Patricia Beck, Detroit Free Press)

After conducting research I found that students who choose to attend in state public colleges for undergraduate degrees can pay up to $10,000 for books, tuition and fees. Throw in room & board and it totals up to $17,000 or more! Out of state students can pay up to $37,400 or more. Those who choose to attend private colleges for undergraduate degrees can look to pay around $35,000 or more and thats just for tuition. Add the cost of books, fees, room & board and you’re looking at about $53,600 or more.

Classrooms are overcrowded and with only one teacher how can they meet the needs of each individual student?! Utah has more students per class than any other state in America.

“Students in overcrowded schools pay less attention, achieve less, and experience more violence. Overcrowded schools are more likely to have inadequate or substandard electrical and lighting systems, safety features, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, floors and foundations.”

–“OVERCROWDING In California’s Schools: An Epidemic that is Getting Worse!” The Crisis Online. Available: http://justschools.gseis.ucla.edu/crisis/overcrowding/index.html October 27, 2011.

High school dropouts are not eligible for 90 percent of the jobs in the economy! Less than 1% of people with a GED can join the military unless they receive 15 college credits. 3 out of 4 high school graduates are not even prepared for college academically.

“Since 1983, more than 10 million Americans reached the 12th grade without having learned to read at a basic level. In the same period, more than 6 million Americans dropped out of high school altogether. 54 percent of all teachers have limited English proficient (LEP) students in their classrooms, yet only one-fifth of teachers feel very prepared to serve them. More than three out of four of those on welfare, 85% of unwed mothers and 68% of those arrested are illiterate.”

–“Reading, Literacy & Education Statistics.” The Literacy Company. Online. Available: http://www.readfaster.com/education_stats.asp October27, 2011.

The United States spends more money on education than most other countries, yet countries like Norway and Japan beat the U.S. in subjects like Math and Science.

Right now, says Gina Burkhardt, CEO of nonprofit Learning Point Associates, the U.S. Department of Education spends just 0.1% of its budget on research and development. “How do you develop new tools in education when there’s no money to make that happen?” she asks.

The bottom line is this; everyone needs to make themselves aware of this crisis and research needs to be done to figure out a way to fix it. People must do their part to educate and help all students, children and adults, to achieve academic success!


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