A big gap exists between stereotypical "poor" schools and "rich" schools. Millions of Americans do not enjoy the option of enrolling children in schools where better teachers and materials are affordable. They are forced to remain with whatever the district can provide. Usually these children are not of lower intelligence, they just do not have the opportunities to learn educational necessities. Most parents want to place posterity in institutions where they will obtain a better education, but lack the means to do so.
Public schools standards are comparable to a kangaroo court’s procedure; private schools are known for better teachers, environment, and test grades. The major problems in the public school system include the lack of funding, lack of resources, and lack of standards. Money Problems A major problem with public school is lack of funding, and it seems as if nobody follows the money once it gets to the school. The students and staff both suffer from the lack of money in schools. I attended a really poor middle school named Bishop-Spaugh Middle School.
But with that great arg... ... middle of paper ... ... the broader spectrum of students who take the test the lower the average score will be. While all children go to school here, in other countries it is rare that a high majority of the kids attend school. Students from other countries do not receive money for uniforms, books, lunch or other costs if they go to school it is because they are financially eligible to attend. Furthermore, living in poverty does in fact reduce one’s access to books, early academic head start programs, and many other assets that can increase a child’s learning’s. If a school tests only the most financially privileged the academic scores will be high, If a school tests all students it is obvious that the rate will decrease.
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.
Even though many forms of financial aid are accessible to low income students wanting to attend college, there is no such acclaim available to low income families who would prefer to live in a higher quality school system (Rouse/Barrow, 1-2). Children who live in a home where money is scarce do not have as many necessary resources as their wealthier peers. For example, many low income families lack books, computers, Internet access, and parents with a high education that can assist their children with schoolwork. These children are behind academically, and piling on standardized test after test to measure their progress and teacher worth is not productive (Strauss, 2). The federal education policy has been ignoring the issue of poverty for years now because many school reformers argue that the effects of living in pover... ... middle of paper ... ...2006: 1 “Teens Feeling Stressed and Many not Managing it Well.” usatoday.com.
I believe that yes, private and charter schools might be a little bit better, but public schools are mainly failing students of color. This needs to change. A majority of the lower class and racial minorities can only afford a public education. This wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t for the way our system was run. The teachers in public schools get tenure sometimes after only two years of teaching, so then they have no incentive to keep up their work.
The budget cuts in education systems delay the school district’s ability to deliver high- quality education to their students. Restoring of school funding should be a top priority. This is unacceptable. Most people would think this overwhelming majority would similarly demand the resources needed for success. Instead, many of these so-called reformers turn their backs on our children and our public schools .For the 2013-2014 school year, at least 34 states are providing less funding per student.
In the modern, technological world we live in, 92% of low-income school teachers say that technology has a major impact on their ability to access content, resources and materials, but only 18% say that their students have access to their necessary materials (3). Children in poverty are not receiving the resources essential for them to prosper in education and, therefore, usually drop out. Students from low-income schools are 7 times more likely to drop out and not earn a degree than students from wealthy families
This is because the number of white children that are withdrawn from school by their parents is higher than the number of people of color enrolling. White parents are unconsciously practicing the idea of “blockbusting,” where minorities begin to fill up a school; whites transfer their children to a school that has a small or no minority population. They unconsciously feel like once their child is in a school full of minorities that school would not get the proper funding from the federal government. Bonilla-Silvia (2001) states that “[i]nner-city minority schools, in sharp contrast to white suburban schools, lack decent buildings, are over-crowded, [and] have outdated equipment…” (97). The “No Child Left Behind” Act, which holds schools accountable for the progress of their students, measures students’ performance on standardized tests.
Lower-income students may more likely suffer from malnutrition and other health problems, which may cause them to lack concentration in classrooms and trainings for the workforce. Since low-income students receive lower quality education, they will more likely struggle to attract future employers in highly technica... ... middle of paper ... ...less exposure to the 21st century job market. “Less than 4 percent of white students attend schools where 70-100 percent of the students are poor, however, 40 percent of black and Latino students attend such high poverty schools” (Kondracke 2009). White students are more likely to gain exposure to some type of 21st century training, while minorities may graduate from high school totally unprepared for highly technical industries. Since Blacks and Hispanics are more likely to live in impoverished communities, they are less likely to get access to computers that will allow them to become familiar with high-tech and software programs.