All Over But The Shoutin By Rick Bragg

1985 Words May 12th, 2016 8 Pages
“Education is a major driver of development and is a strong instrument for reducing poverty, improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability” (The World Bank) - so why is it that students are often deprived from an extensive education? In Illinois, education funding has been an ongoing problem. Funding for schools is based on the property taxes where the schools are located, causing those who live in lower socioeconomic areas to receive less educational funding. This is unfair because children who live in lower socioeconomic areas are not able to receive the same opportunities and benefits that are acquired when a quality education is obtained. This is why educational funding in Illinois should be distributed evenly so that every child has an equal opportunity to succeed. There are many people who have inequitable chances to receive an ample education, and this can negatively affect their futures. In the memoir All Over But the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg, the author grows up in one of the poorest parts of Alabama, and spends most of his childhood in poverty. One of the many consequences of Rick’s hardship is the lack of a proper education that all of his family, especially his brother Sam, suffers from. Accordingly, the school Rick and his siblings attend is poorly funded due to the impecuniosity of his town, and Sam is not provided with a substantial education, which in turn negatively impacts his future. As Rick is describing Sam he states, “The education he didn’t…
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