Public Education Problems

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There are plenty of problems in public education in the United States. There has been much discussion about the new “21st century” skills, standards, and requirements that teachers should be teaching their students that they almost get lost in what the main goal is-to teach students. Today, it seems the number one goal is to get students ready for college, when in reality, that may not be what the majority of our young learners really need to be focusing on, or it may not be their end goal. There is such a demand for higher-level thinking and differentiated skills, which only puts more pressure on teachers to get their students to pass the standardized tests that the government is requiring. School districts are threatening teachers that if…show more content…
Those young ones who were from a middle-upper class families were the ones who went to school, and they were expected to graduate. Those children who lived in extreme poverty did not go to school to be able to work and help provide for their families. Today, every child is required to go to school and the education system expects for EVERY child to graduate from high-school, although that is a very unrealistic goal in some sense. Research shows that those students living in poverty, more than likely, are not only suffering from the effects of poverty, but they also may have a learning disability or are English language learners or both. The United States has gone through a huge immigration shift in recent years, which has brought in many non -English speaking students to the educational…show more content…
Many students need to have these classes because it may be their only motivation to stay in school. Teachers are told that they need to have differentiated learning, but that is hard to do when students need to constantly be drilling for math and reading passages. There is only so much differentiation that a teacher can do. With the standardizing of curriculum, the material has become less relevant and students need to be able to see how the material they are learning is going to benefit them in the long run. Kids who are living in poverty need more time, energy, love, and support than upper-class students, and the public school education system is not able to give them that. Poverty stricken students need small classes, a diverse curriculum, and individualized instruction in order to thrive, but the school districts say, “it is not in the budget.” If schools do not have enough money to hire counselors, nurses, and more special education teachers, how are we ever going to achieve the goal of “No Child Left Behind.”? There is a big crisis in education today and that is poverty. If we continue to ignore it and not confront it, it will only get worse and the education system in the United States will continue to fall short for our
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