Education is defined as the act or process of imparting or acquiring general knowledge or skills, as for a profession. Children, teens, and young adults who live in lower class societies do not receive the same education as middle and upper class societies. With this gap, more students in areas of poverty in the United States are not obtaining the correct education they need. In today’s day and age, it is crucial to graduate high school and acquire a college degree for a well-paid job. Not getting the right education can prevent a student from going to a good college, let alone finding a decent-paid job in the future. In order for the country to reach equal education, one must understand the importance and significance it has on society.
Laws have been previously passed to avoid unequal education and opportunity in the United States. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1970 and is reauthorized every five years since its enactment. Abbreviated as ESEA, the act funds primary and secondary education. It also stresses equal access to education and establishes high standards and accountability. The bill also aims to close the gap of achievements between students by giving each child fair and equal opportunities to have a remarkable education. The most recent reauthorization is the No Child Left Behind Act, which was passed in 2001 by President George W. Bush. When signing the bill into law, Bush stated, “Some say it is unfair to hold disadvantaged children to rigorous standards. I say it is discrimination to require anything less. It is the soft bigotry of low expectations” (President Bush Signs No Child Left Behind Act). The President had all the intentions to reach equal educa...
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