Is money really the answer to everything? Some may think that their school does not have enough money and that’s why their students are doing so poorly. But more than likely money doesn’t play such a big part in the academic achievement of the students in school. For example: New Jersey is rated number 1 in terms of money per a student but yet they’re rated 29th in the basic student achievement (Williams 192). So before you blame your poor education on insufficient funds next time stop and think of these little facts.
This allows them more flexibility, and attracts “better teachers.” These schools are hailed as the one size fits all solution for the problem of education today. Many critics disagree with the premise of the film, blaming “Waiting for Superman” for playing on the audience’s emotions rather than really analyzing the problems in America’s school systems; however most critics do not explore an alternative solution to the problem and simply pick apart the one presented by the film. I agree with critics of the film in one way; Charter schools are not the answer to our current system’s problems. Charter schools are a direct product of an attempt at privatizing education. That is, trying to make public education into a private business where companies can invest and profit.
A push for single-sex education is recent experiments concluding natural discrepancies in how males and females learn in different educational environments. The only downside to putting these experiments into a real-world scenarios is that they are firing up many debates that broaden far beyond pure education (Stanberry). There are many ups and downs of a single-sex education, but the conclusions of positive experiments by many more schools highly outweigh the negative conclusions of fewer schools who did not achieve higher scores. The earliest single-sex schools in America were modeled off of schools in England and were exclusively for white, wealthy, Christian boys. Although it is illegal for a school to be single sex, many schools today present single-sex class opportunities.
Instead, schools are faced with the same problems they had before the increase in federal interest and, in addition, even more problems arise. Federal involvement in education wastes billions of dollars every year while creating an education system that exists to promote politics, not education. It is time for the federal government to permanently cease its involvement in education. The federal government has been pouring money into the education system for decades. With the additional support the states have been receiving, student achievement and opportunities should be increasing.
With 710 billion dollars being spent on the Department of Defense in the year of 2010 and only 110 billion on the Department of Education, it’s understandable to hear the common term “teachers are underpaid” (HOW). Even though states like New York have tried to create incentive programs for teachers, they just don’t allow them enough time to actually prosper. The high standards, low pay, poorly managed government budgets, and lack of effective solutions is causing various problems among the overworked and underpaid teachers of America. Researchers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics say that t... ... middle of paper ... ...y (2010): ERIC. EBSCO.
If the people of this country change their mindsets, this country will eventually have a more successful education system. There are many things that I learned from this reading, and many things that I was reassured on. Our country’s education system struggles a lot compared to other countries. We have an abundance of resources to further our education, but they are not used to challenge and prepare students to the best future they can have. As much as our country does not like to point fingers and place the blame on people, I think that it is quite obvious that the school systems as a whole, including teachers, parents and students are to blame.
Public Schools in America for a long time were regarded as the best public schools in the world, but with the development of Asian and European schools American schools are not ranked as highly. American Public schools in 1999 were ranked sixteenth and seventeenth in science and math right behind Bangladesh. Some students are graduating from high school with little more than an inadequate ability to read and a diploma that should mean the student knows at least the core subjects. Other students are dropping out and not graduating at all. Colleges are not trusting diplomas and grade point averages as a basis of admissions because they know that with the large variety of classes that high schools offer as credit that the student may not know as much as his or her GPA says.
However, ev... ... middle of paper ... ...n’s part to shape the ideas of citizens, most of Mann’s other ideas were accepted with positive results. The ideas of a publicly funded common schools, and better educated career teachers have enabled us to achieve an overall level of education that rivals or betters that of any society in the world. The prosperity and growth in technology that we our experiencing right now in this country all began with good teachers inspiring students to excel, and thus we should not overlook the importance of individuals like Horace Mann who were instrumental in creating our current system. Bibliography: Chartock, Roselle K. Educational Foundations: An Anthology. Prentice Hall, Columbus OH, 2000. p. 31-35 Gutek, Richard L. Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education: A Biographical Introduction.
When we look at the test to show how 15 year olds across the world fares in math, science, and reading, the US test scores rated lower than the other developed and industrialized countries such as: Canada, UK, Japan, China, Australia, Russia, France, Germany, Singapore, and other countries. It was disheartening to accept this fact. Our government systems do not do a better job in teaching their children when compared with other countries. According to The Atlantic “parts of China, Singapore, Japan, Korea, and Liechtenstein topped the rankings for math, reading, and science. Finland, which is often pointed to as an example of an excellent school system, continued to perform well.” (Ryan, 2011).
Correspondingly, I had not been surprised when my previous school was judged Outstanding. It was obvious that the children were getting a pretty good deal. The two schools served very different catchment areas, with very different clientele. So was it just the difference in the school’s socio-economic profiles that made one more able to succeed than the other? Research does not show that this is the case; in his Annual Report 2011/2012, Sir Michael Wilshaw stressed that... ... middle of paper ... ...How can a deprived school compete against such obvious advantages?