Public education system is failing children

Public education system is failing children

The United States is thought to have one of the best education systems in the world. Education is supposed to prepare kids and prepare them for the future, yet students aren’t learning skills such as tax paying, paying mortgages, buying houses, finding stable jobs, or how to handle insurance. Instead, kids memorize the periodic table, play the recorder, or dead languages such as Latin. Kids in the education system feel as if they are not prepared for the future. Studies such as the one conducted by the Association of American Colleges and Universities have found this to be true, as employers agree that only 18 percent of recent graduates were actually ready for the world beyond. This means that from the students who had just graduated from a 12-year system, only 18 percent were adequately prepared for the life beyond.

Also, it has been found that the system is highly unfair to students of color. In the state of Illinois, black students are more likely to go to prison than to college. Black men make up about 1 percent of the population in colleges but 60 percent of the population in prisons, according to the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Illinois Department of Corrections. This starts as early as elementary school, with black students being isolated because they come from different backgrounds, because they sag their pants, or because they talk differently. In a well thought out education system, teachers and administrators would look past these things and continue to educate these kids. Sadly, this is not the case. And in places where diversity is frowned about, it is worse for these students of color.

Lastly, teachers try and get students ready to take tests, and not much of anything else. Schools get funding based on how well that the students do on tests, so the worse students do on these tests, the less funding these schools get. This is not helpful for the kids, as different kids have different needs and should be taught accordingly. Instead, they are lumped together and taught the same things, discouraged from thinking outside the box and instead to follow the curriculum that is taught to them. Kids aren’t allowed to think and learn things that are useful to them and what they are interested in but instead forced to learn about things that do not interest them. Because of this, many kids do not actually try in class, and end up failing classes, and eventually, the classes. The education system should be doing better than this. After all, it was created so that knowledge and skills could be passed from generation to generation.

Chelsea Acheampong

Pawtucket