While it may grant access to millions of children, this will only hurt them and our economy more due to insufficient funding of these schools. The children will get low quality education that will end up widening the Education Gap at the Top that Friedman addresses instead of closing it. UP will extinguish Friedman’s idea of CQ+PQ>IQ, by taking advantage of the children and shaping their minds the way they seem fit instead of allowing children to shape it themselves. Along with this, the new preschools will be created more as a drilling form of education, rather than a nourishing one. Sending children to school to be put under constant pressure of tests and cognitive learning that they are not yet mature enough for will have longer lasting effects on them than the actual schooling will.
Although we need to provide a better educational experience for children, with current budget constraints calling for tightening of belts, not expanding our spending on education. However with the United States falling further behind in world rankings, we have to look at cutting costs that do not take away from the classroom. A major expense of every school district is the administrative budget, not the secretaries and custodial staff, but the school board and superintendents salaries. Many states have copious numbers of school districts all with their own superintendent and support staff. In Pennsylvania, state officials are proposing caps on superintendents’ salaries.
Now instead of just talking about making reforms we can go ahead with it and actually do something about it. Our schools need to better prepare out students for their lives. The only foreseeable way to do this would be to impose the voucher system. Without it there will be no competition among schools and there will be no more advancement than there currently is. If we have competition this will encourage improvement among our children, it will make them come up with new ideas and push to really make themselves the best students they can be.
Increasing funds would allow schools to provide better facilities and repair “leaky, broken-down habitats” often found in impoverished school districts. More money would allow all schools to hire better teachers and improve ... ... middle of paper ... ... high schools incapable of providing adequate college preparation (Tremaine, par.2). Schools participating in various early college initiatives have seen high school graduates earn an associates degree and a diploma simultaneously (Tremaine, par.5), with university acceptance rates as high as 98% (Tremaine, par.7). The public education system faces a number of problems including funding shortages, college remediation, and high drop out rates. If children are expected to become productive members of society, it is the responsibility of all citizens to make sure students have the tools necessary to succeed.
If we do not strengthen our education system, the U.S. will fall behind countries such as China and India in areas of innovation, causing our jobs to be outsourced and therefore “flattening” the world (Friedman). Yakima’s Ready By Five program will help us take a step in the right direction by getting parents involved in educating their children and preparing them to compete in the flat world. This program is essential to close the education gap and better prepare children with creativity, ambition, and the vital skills needed before they start kindergarten. Ready By Five focuses on providing low-income families who live in the designated area of East Yakima with extra help to prepare their children with their best chance to succeed in this world. According to the Ready By Five website: Ready by Five develops opportunities and strengthens existing early learning efforts within families, child care settings and the community, working to surround children with high quality early learning environments, wherever they spend their days… Ready by Five is creating a sustainable, in... ... middle of paper ... ...m. Ultimately it is the goal of this program to partner with families to close the educational gap that currently exists.
Hanushek has found that there is no proof of academic achievement towards funding the schools(Hanushek). It depends on how the money is spent, not on how much money is spent(Hanushek). “ There are so many areas of education that require money(Shanker).” When you are able to reduce the size of a classroom you allow the teacher the opportunity to give additional help by spending more time with each individual student(Shanker). Also, higher teacher salaries are very important when it comes to having the best teachers(Shanker). Studies show that raising the city’s basic per-pupil allocation from $9,306 to $11,608 will provide better technology and better teachers(Brown).
Should children attend public schools? Public schools around the nation are in severe need of improvement. According to Michael Moore writer of "Idiot Nation” and John Taylor Gatto writer of "Against School” both authors imply that public schools are "deeply flawed”. Students attending public schools have lower attendance rates and a harder time progressing academically. Public schools should properly teach their students because a well prepared student will be prepared for college and society.
Nothing is ever truly perfect, but when it comes to an education system, it should be the best it can be. But this won’t happen as more and more funding is cut from public school budgets; like for example Illinois. Where political corruption has caused the mismanagement of tax dollars mainly affecting the education system. On the other hand when we look at a developing count... ... middle of paper ... ...ghts around the world is an important indicator to understand global well being.” In conclusion, Illiteracy is rampant in parts of the world that is underdeveloped, or developing this can help solved through the improvement of the educations of both sexes, almost 800 million adults in the developing world lack this right. As well as women who make up ⅔ of that number.
In America, striving to teach all children and provide them with equal opportunities has diminished the quality of the education we are giving to youth. The importance of education is clear to our nation, particularly at this time when competing with international standards is vital to our economy. Early in the 21st century, the federal government began an intervention with substandard education. For example, the effects of No Child Left Behind have been both positive and negative. Because No Child Left Behind is pushing for curriculum standards, students who are forced to switch schools are more likely to be able to pick up where they left off in core classes like math and English.
The biggest challenge facing Millennium Development Goal Number Two is achieving and maintaining a stable enrollment rate. Millennium Development Goal Number Two is focused on achieving universal primary education. With so many children not attending, they have no chance at making it out of a life of poverty. If more kids enroll and eventually complete school they will know the benefit of schooling and encourage others to attend, especially their own kids. This will also give them a competitive advantage over kids that do not have as much schooling.