In the United States today there is a significant number of kids who attend public schools, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but these schools are facing a number of problems that bring downfalls to the overall effectiveness of the system. In the United States the average public school student will have a low standardized test score. This can be linked to the curriculum being taught and how it impacts the way students are learning and how effectively they’re really learning that material. In many situations public school students come from a lower income household, this is affecting those students’ chances of receiving a high-school diploma. In addition to not receiving a diploma it also hurts their chances of furthering their education at a university or trade school.
He says “The individual predictors of low achievement are well documented… With fewer family resources, their college ambitions are constrained (Johnson, In Progress)” (Rothstein 2). These problems are ones that plague primarily lower class families causing them to raise children with lesser educations resulting in a vicious cycle of inequality. This disadvantage is one that inhibits the quality of the civics education resulting in students failing to learn how to be prepared to participate in the democratic society. Students are also segregated based on their race with a homogenous mixture of either; african americans or white students attending the school. Predominantly black schools come as a
In my opinion, the government has a big responsibility in human development. Why we can see a gap on those students who came from a poor neighborhood than from those who came from a middle class or high class neighborhood? Why those students who came from a low economical class have a cultural shock and social shock when they got in the university? The answer is that they don’t receive a quality education on their schools, but as they see that they can confront it and get good scores in their home schools. However, they are in a different environment, where most of the youth people who are attending to school don’t pursuit more than a high school
In the past segregation of schools was a major issue for educational equality. Today there is still an issue with equal educational opportunities in addition to the issue of standardized testing. More than likely in the future there will still be an issue with standardized testing as well as minority students not being able to attend colleges because of college loan problems. Another effect is high unemployment due to minorities not being able to get a college education because most jobs now are requiring education beyond high school. One thing that is being done today is that some schools are placing less emphasis on the SAT as a requirement for admission.
In fact, Bruce J. Biddle and David C. Berliner (2002) stated in A Research Synthesis / Unequal School Funding in the United States that “students from disadvantaged families will suffer the most from the U.S. system of unequal school funding because these students are more likely to attend poorly funded public schools” (www.ascd.org). The system for allocating money is completely unfair and it has completely turned a blind eye to the inflated price tag for managing functional schools. Simply put, while the total operational cost for schools are tremendously expensive the funding amount is not accountable for the
Some studies show that wealthier students that score high on the tests have taken numerous prep classes and even had private tutors come in and help them prepare for these tests, which cost hundreds of dollars, and lower-class students cannot afford them which puts them at a disadvantage no matter how smart they may be. (Soares and Ovaska). Soares ' research has found that tests like the ACTs and SATs put low-income and minority students at significant disadvantages and have resulted in a lack of diversity at the nation 's four-year colleges, including public universities in the University of North Carolina system. He thinks high school grade point averages (GPA) would give admissions counselors a better grasp of a student 's abilities without the gender and racial biases that test scores carry. Soares shared his thoughts recently with N.C. Policy Watch, and told us why he thinks North Carolina 's public university system should turn its back on the ACTs and
Most parents find it hard to pay for college. College is not worth the cost considering there are jobs for people that do not go to college, Time could be used at a job, and Students end up in major debt. Instead of students going to college, they could go straight into the workforce. Going to college helps obtain you better jobs. The effort students put into receiving a degree is not the same as ten years ago ( Shierholz ).
In today’s society, many students will go on to receive a higher education after high school, but is the cost of having a higher education worth it? In 2017 the average college graduate accumulated more than 34,000 dollars in student debt (Dickler). ADD. Student loan debt creates early financial difficulties for young adults, leading to many mental and physical issues from stress and overall hurts the economy. With the weight of student debt on a person’s shoulder, they are less likely to be financially successful in the future.
Rewarding schools based on proficiency allows schools that are plagued by poverty to be set up for failure. Schools that are in areas with high rates of poverty show lower academic success due to students facing difficulties in their home life can affect their performance in school. Judging schools based on proficiency levels not only reduces possible funding for schools in need, but it also gives a “false impression that all high-poverty schools are ineffective” according to the Thomas B. Fordham Institute (Petrilli, M., & Churchill, A., n.d.). Looking at the Minneapolis Public School District, as one example, we
Is College Really Worth it? Many college graduates are currently unemployed, which has left many parents wondering, is college really worth it? Some parents believe that college prepares students for more than a job or career, and others don’t think it’s worth the cost. Recent studies have shown that new college students are losing ground on wages by the time they graduate, higher education is becoming a risky investment, and most students are better off developing their own “lower-risk” business. These studies have proved that college is not worth it in the long run.