Education Essay Four

Education Essay Four - Valuing Equality in Education People...

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Valuing Equality in Education People must recognize the importance of education. Many individuals fail to acknowledge the need for knowledge and the significance it has on the development of one’s life. Education is a gateway to better job opportunities and an overall improvement to standards of living. Higher education is becoming more imperative in order to achieve success in the United States of America. Living in an extremely competitive nation, Americans have to realize that receiving a college education is vital in order to prosper in today’s society. But, is education readily available for each American? Lower class Americans have a more difficult time earning a college degree or receiving a respectable education. A number of factors contribute to this harsh reality including, financial difficulties faced by low income household, the lack of academic preparation due to poorly supported school systems, and growing tuitions rates throughout American universities and colleges. The United States of America and the Federal government should value education, and make knowledge available for each American despite economic background and the challenges faced by low income households. Equality in education must first begin in secondary school systems. Students in elementary, middle, and high school, should receive equal education regardless of the economic status of their surroundings. Schools in high poverty districts typically suffer from more challenges with funding, teachers, and students, compared to schools in more economically stable areas. As a result, students within these districts do not receive equal opportunities when it comes to their educations. Paul C. Gorski, an assistant professor of the Graduate School of Education at Hamline University states, “…students in high-poverty schools are more likely to
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be subjected to overcrowded classrooms, dirty or inoperative bathrooms, and less rigorous curricula” (Gorski 31). Unfortunately, the public generally fails to recognize these issues, and they are left unaddressed. Change cannot come about without acknowledging the conditions and problems poor students face, unlike students from more affluent backgrounds. Once the public and community leaders begin acknowledging the issues in high-poverty schools, then equality in education can be in consideration. Stereotypes are another issue that must be addressed before discussing equal education in the United States of America. Students who come from low-socioeconomic households must undergo many different obstacles that students from more privileged backgrounds do not. Lower class families lack basic material resources that middle and upper-class households take for granted (Gorski). The majority of people do not realize the obstacles that poor students face outside of the school environment, and assistance is usually not available for these students. Some families of the lower-class struggle to provide the basic needs of human life; which
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