“Every year, 1.2 million students’ drop out of high school in the United States. “That’s a student that drops out of school every 26 seconds which is about 7000 students a day!” (Miller) On average, most high school drop outs are incapable of keeping a steady and stable job. As a result, dropouts make minimum wage salaries and receive a low overall income. Over half the population, fall under the low-income umbrella living paycheck to paycheck.
Unequal Equality America is the land of freedom and opportunity — or at least it used to be. Over the past few decades the U.S. has declined in areas regarding economic, racial, and educational equality. There have been far too many hard-working citizens left behind in low-class. Far too many racially motivated killings and outcomes have occurred in this country.
Art Education Cuts in American Schools In a recent study taking place in 2008 we have discovered that eighty percent of schools nationwide have made budget cuts to their public education programs (Boyd 1).Why are eighty percent of public schools facing funding decreases and how are they cutting out arts programs to keep funds in education? Throughout America, school systems have decided to reduce the budget of or completely cut the art programs in public schools. (don’t know where to put this) With the recent economic downturn in 2007-2009, states have made budget cuts in public K-12 education systems. With the statewide budgets being decreased, less money is available to be spread amongst the individual counties.
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.
“Overall, researchers were able to document a ‘poverty-related effect’ on children’s mental health and behavior” (Bassuk 499). In the state of Michigan there were more than 38,000 homeless children attending public schools in the year 2013 (Seidel A2). Homeless children are at increased risk of dropping out of school because their parents are not aware of the federal law that was passed in 1987 specifically to prevent homeless children from dropping out of school. The law is called the McKinney-Vento law. Prior to 1987 homeless children were unable to meet enrollment requirements in schools because they could not show proof of residency, and did not have school and health records.
In The Arc, I also found that levels of restraint and seclusion has recently added up since previous years, having reported “harmful use of these interventions in over two-thirds of the states, involving children as young as three years old in both public and private school settings”. Lastly, transition was one of the many issues special education children face in schools today. As these children continue to age, transition planning and resources for students continue to worsen. This has parents wondering where they can send their special needs child to transition from school systems to a mature lifestyle. In The Arc, it is reported that “Every year between 150,000-200,000 students with disabilities age out of special education (in most states) at age 22”.
The school has had to make budget cuts but thankfully has kept the band program. This is one example of an extremely fortunate school, but unfortunately this isn 't the reality of it for every school. Many schools in the Chicago area have had to cut their music and arts programs. They laid off over 1,000 teachers and 10 percent of them being art or music teachers.
Over the last ten to twelve years, a large amount of treatment facilities have shut down due to funding (What source?). By shutting these facilities down, it has forced those with mental illness on the streets of America, where law enforcement has had to learn to interact, and be able to deal with them. This puts a great strain on law enforcement manpower by having to get them evaluated, which could tie the officer up for many hours and keeping them from doing their duties; this is a huge strain on the smaller agencies who may only have two to three officers on duty. What is mental health, as defined by Oxford dictionary it is “a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and
Impact of current economic downturn on public workforce The current economic downturn has had an impact on the public workforce. It has created a tremendous shortage in the public health sector. Generally, almost 15 million Americans are out of work and about five million of them have been out of work for half-a-year or more. Most people have had their hours cut down, working an average workweek of 33 hours.
Many schools are considering applying a controversial initiative which is arming teachers because of the fact that school shootings have been happening more often since Columbine. According to the Washington Post ,“...mass public shootings are on the rise, and schools are now viewed as vulnerable targets. One of the deadliest in history claimed 28 lives, including 20 children, after Adam Lanza opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012” (Wang). This shooting was the first mass shooting to really make parents consider their children's safety in public schools and have left some wondering what actions can be taken to prevent these shooting Yanan Wang shows the worry in her recent Washington Post article saying, “These
The Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic of 1962 was anything but a laughing matter. If people today think that the Salem Witch Trials of 1692 depicted in The Crucible were horrible, imagine what they would say if they knew about this event in history. Unlike the Witch Trials in colonial Massachusetts, the Laughter Epidemic that occurred centuries later was much more painful. This was mostly due to the fact that the main symptom, uncontrollable laughter, lasted anywhere from 6-18 months. The Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic of 1962 and the Salem Witch Trials, as seen in The Crucible, share similarities in that both started with a group of girls and continued for a little more than a year, however there were differences in the areas of death toll and the way people suffered.
How would an individual feel if their school was integrated? Or had conditions so bad to the point where they can’t focus on their education? Well I’ve been given multiple sources to analyze Detroit Public Schools and schools in the 1950’s to tell you how they dealt with these issues and many others; So, I’ll be comparing and contrasting the two. Both subjects had multiple comparisons and contrasts, but some more than others.