Citizenship Essay

Citizenship Essay - 1 Scharar Megan Scharar English 102-025...

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1 Scharar Megan Scharar English 102-025 Abigail Wolford 18 November 2011 Education Cuts: Problems and Possible Solutions Children are constantly told that they need to receive a good education , get a degree, and have a high-paying job to be a valuable part of society . What is considered a “good education ”? Imagine: fifty students jammed into a classroom, water-damaged books, outdated equipment that barely works , and a teacher that would rather sit behind a desk than teach if their salary gets cut one more time . This is a less then satisfactory picture of an everyday classroom in this day and age . A slow economy and plummeting property values are creating dramatic public education budgets across the country . At the same time, there are growing expectations for improved student performance , better teachers, and closing the achievement gap between students (Odden and Picus 40) . Why does the government insist on cutting what is supposed to be so valuable and a crucial part to sustaining an above average future? Is there a way to meet these demands ? Is it reasonable to ask schools to continue to raise student performance and improve teaching with no additional money and in some cases with less? Does the way forward rely solely on the need for more money (Odden and Picus 42)?
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2 Citizens of the United States are guaranteed a free, public education. Taxes and federal and state funding are responsible to uphold public education institutions. The recent recession left the country in economic turmoil, and education was an easy target in terms of cutting funds. Billions upon billions of dollars are going to the war, government workers’ salaries remarkably keep increasing, and the people are speaking up about the problem with no help from the government. President Barack Obama called for freezing overall domestic spending in his fiscal 2012 budget request, but targeted education for a modest increase and pledged in a recent speech that he would not accept further education cuts (Klein 17). This idea is great on paper, but can only be put into action by the votes of the rest of Congress. New bills are being put out to briefly help the economic issue of education, but neither the Obama administration nor congressional leadership on either side of the aisle appears to favor another temporary solution. The education system revolves around the funding given by the government, and without the right amount of support, the nation’s classrooms will continue to suffer. The impact of budget cuts for quality education in the U.S. has taken its toll on the system, and the government must consider the consequences before making such action (Fabian). Increased class sizes, teacher layoffs, and cuts to after-school programs and extracurricular activities have decreased student participation and performance within the
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