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Education System Failing 1 The Effects Of A Failing Educational System In The United States Kerrie Dearing Axia College of University of Phoenix COM 125 Utilizing Information In College Writing Ms. West November 12, 2006
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The Effects Of A Failing Educational System In The United States Why is it that close to thirty-five percent of public high school students – and nearly one half of all blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans – fail to graduate from public high school with their class? (Bridgeland, Dilulio & Morrison, 2006) What long-term effects will this high dropout rate have on the United States? If the United States cannot decrease the drop out rate and increase the quality of education our children receive then our country will have major problems in the near future. As an American citizen you are probably asking yourself how could students dropping out of school affect our great country. Well, according to Education Week, “Researchers presented evidence at a symposium held at Columbia University that the nation's health-care, crime, and welfare costs could be devastating in the decades to come if the inadequate schooling received by too many American students' isn't vastly improved.” (Richard, 2005) The quality of education received by many American students has increased the dropout rate in our country. According to the website http://www.standup.org which is run by The Broad Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which have introduced a campaign to completely change the education American children receive, the number of students graduating range anywhere from fifty-four percent of students graduate in South Carolina to eighty-eight percent in New Jersey. Is a forty-six percent dropout rate acceptable? What about a twelve percent dropout rate? Of course it isn’t. Every child in every classroom in every school in America deserves the very best education that we as parents, educators and a nation can provide. It was just forty years ago the United States was ranked number one in education when compared to other countries, and now we are ranked number twenty-five (Stossel, 2006) How is it that our children do worse than children from countries like Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic and
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Education System Failing 3 even South Korea? These countries are poorer than the United States and they spend less money on education than the United States. What has changed in those forty years to cause our quality of education to decrease? High School Graduation Rate Per State 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusett Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New New Jersey New Mexico New York North North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming How can our Gross Domestic Product be affected by the unreasonably high dropout rate?
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