Taught to be the Problem

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The subject of education is a prominent talking point in today’s society; everyone has their own ideas on what needs improvement and where schools are lacking. The most worrying focus, however, is the subject of blame and responsibility. Passed rapidly between man different groups, this ball of resentment and accountability has landed, and continues to land, into the laps of local advocates, schools, and teachers themselves. What kind of effect does this have on the effectiveness of educators who are already stretched to their limits? Schools, especially those in poverty stricken areas, are at an impasse as their improvements are stifled by the unfair expectations of government and higher society. I am here to talk to you today about this vicious cycle of accountability and the effects it has on those who are never given the chance to reach their potential.
For those of us who can look back on our years in public schools and remember a quality education that led to future successes, let this be a reminder that we are incredibly lucky. Across our nation, hidden both in pockets of poverty often overlooked and in areas of prosperity with improper funding allocation, there are schools which struggle to provide the quality of education children deserve in this day and age. There are teachers who are passionate about passing on knowledge but who cannot provide it due to obstacles in the classroom. There is a great stress placed on school boards by the public and government alike to meet the high expectations of a quality education. Some, generally the well-funded and well located, can meet this goal with flying colors, setting a standard for schools to follow and strive to. Others are left at the bottom. These schools are at the botto...

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...omething, somewhere, is keeping them from gaining ground in areas that struggle with poverty and racial discrimination. This is the problem we need to address.
I leave you with this to think over and consider, for the answer to this intricate and growing problem has no clear answer as of yet. When a solution arises so does a new dispute, and there will be no easy answers for what will and will not have effect on some of the lowest and most forgotten schools in our nation. Let this writing be solely a reminder that these schools exist, and within them are individuals with a thirst for knowledge and personal growth who deserve the same starting point as everyone else in this country. Let their struggles remind you that the world is not equal, and that sometimes, no matter how optimistic we wish to be, hard work does not always break through the barrier of inequality.
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