The future of the United States is in the hands of its next generation. Education is one of, if not, the most important factors that have a great role in deciding whether the future of America will end up badly or not. As a result, it should be the biggest priority to make it available for everyone. Many people believe that the education system is already perfect. However, it does need many improvements that would make it much more efficient than it is.
The inequality of education in the United States is a pressing societal issue that has been the main catalyst for the division between the social classes. Education is a public good, and thus if it used by one consumer then it will not reduce the availability to another consumer. Education can also be considered the largest single factor in determining a person’s success and quality of life in society today.
The idea of a universal education system is criticized by many, because the idea of giving everyone a chance to prosper, has a detrimental effect on government resources; and the value placed on a post- secondary education, is somewhat diluted. This is wrong though, as people be judged on their academic skills, character and drive above their economic restrictions. The finances which a young person is born into, should not determine the life and career which they have. It has been shown that a college education increases a person’s earning power, but this education is contingent on money, which dictates your chance of achieving a recognized education. This is against the ‘education gospel’ which supports the idea that schooling should be for everyone, and that the more people who are educated, the less prejudices there will be in society. Education is universal, but post-secondary education, and one which leads people to positions of power and influence, is not. It is for the select few, of whom have the finances and opportunities to prosper that other, more underprivileged people do not, and that needs to change.
Expansion of education is closely related to idealistic views of democracy. In developing and wealthy nations, education is valued because it helps the individual mind to develop capabilities. In contrast, education has also been seen as a way to promote equality. Having access to public education, in theory, has the potential to reduce poverty and promote equality. If all are entitled to the same public education, not to mention they are required by law, why do school systems seem segregate their students? Researchers have searched for the answer and have theorized that economic background, tracking, and hidden curriculum are a few things that help contribute to the imaginary lines drawn between students in society.
Throughout decades, education inequality is still one of the most deliberate and controversial issues in the United States. Thus far, the privilege or right to receive education has not attained the level of equality throughout the nation. Poor districts obtain less educational funds while rich districts obtain more, which create an immense gap between the quality of schools in poor and rich areas. In other words, the education gap is the root of inequality in America. Inequality in education is linked to the major problems in the society. The need for studies to be done to find ways of overcoming these inequalities is very inevitable. The means of mitigating these inequalities are important for the entire world. This is something of great interest due to the fact that children need quality education which is a pillar for a guaranteed future. Generally speaking, the distinctions among races, genders, and classes in the society have caused the educational inequality in America.
The education system has been the cornerstone of freedom and equity for economic success in The United States. However, the history of education has never been so crucial to the collective future of our nation and to the young people. The public schools must struggle to provide equality in educational system as never before. The demand for education has become necessary and growing to provide education for all students to comply with the rigorous academic standards on a global scale (Baker, B. D., Sciarra, D. G., Farrie, D. (2010, p. 1).
It is important that people have the opportunity for an education, which will allow him or her to earn a living for themselves and for their families. Most people, given the chance, will work hard to help their families. With a good education, one can learn skills that will be the most powerful tools that he or she can have to rise out of poverty. There are ways in which one can attend school, such as with grants or loans. With the lack of education, one’s job opportunity will be limited. Most employers want their employees to have an education. People in poverty do not always have the chance to go to school or even to finish school. They are needed to work for the family by getting low paid jobs that will keep them in the poverty which they are living
Education is a key factor to reduce and prevent global poverty. If someone in poverty graduated from college they would have a 86% chance to move up the income ladder. Education is emphasized by Mathabane in the text Kaffir Boy when he states “Education will open doors where none seem to exist” (par.1). Education is an important way to keeps kids off the streets. Going to school and recieving homework gives kids something to do rather then them being on the streets where they could possibly end up joining a gang. Mathabane adds another element to the idea of education by asserting that “An education will get you a decent job. If you can read and write you’ll be better off than those of us who can’t” (pg.11) People who have been educated have more chances of getting a job than those who haven’t. Although education may be an important aspect in order to escape poverty, more may be
Knowing human nature, there is likely to be a case in which one would look for ways to benefit themselves when they provide help to another. It might seem farfetched, but education has a direct connection to the wealth in society because access to education is one way of eradication poverty. In a newspaper article regarding a funding debate, it asks,”imagine a world without innovation/ The best ideas emanate from thoughtful research, discipline and teamwork. They are built on successes and failures of the past (“Without access to education … WEALTH Disappears”). One cannot indulge through his or her property without a strong cibil system. Wealth and cil systems will always be passed down through generations. It is important to educate children about such systems to not only increase civic engagement but prevent poor events of the past from reoccurring. In a sense, the world will always be advancing technologically and other ways. Education will end up bringing people together to come up with resolutions to problems. Prioritizing in an education system will determine the outcome on students. In an editorial news service, “studies show that although the concept of quality of education is still contentious, it is clear that good quality education facilitates the acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes that have intrinsic value and
A solution to decreasing the educational gap between the educated and non-educated can be solved by providing free education to those in need. Providing free education can eventually get the poor out of turmoil and to a life free of debt and
Throughout the world, there have been continuous attempts to reform education at all levels. With different causes that are deeply rooted in history, society, and culture, this inequality is difficult to eradicate. Although difficult, education is vital to society’s movement forward. It promotes “citizenship, identity, equality of opportunity and social inclusion, social cohesion as well as economic growth and employment” and for these reasons, equality should be promoted (Shrivastava,67).
Education still remains the institution that indorses equality of opportunities in America society as the textbook explains. Even though education diminishes inequality among individuals with different backgrounds, inequality still exists in the sense that not everyone who graduates from high school has the same opportunity to attend college. Individuals born into wealthy family will have more opportunities in attending college compared to someone born to a poor family. Although, opportunities are more limited in America, having education will compensate those that do well in school by rewarding them with life opportunities. Social class, race, and gender play a major role for education success, experiences, and outcomes.
Education is the factor in our society, or any society for that matter, that allows people to strive for their chances of equality, or better yet, greatness in a convoluted world belonging to both marginalization and wealth. However, at the same time, many people are being forced to miss out on their chances for an education and the opportunities that come with it. If we improve the opportunities for education, we also stand to diminish troublesome income disparities. Such a course of action is something that depends on the school districts and the resources that are available to them. If one takes a look back at the history of education in our country, they could undoubtedly see challenges to education access and how far the United States has come since then in providing said access. The positive development has seen increased education access for demographic groups ranging across four specific categories: ethnics, race, gender and one 's place in the class system.
In the words of George Washington Carver, “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” Unfortunately, the path to that freedom is snatched from the sights of many who lost the opportunity to pursuit an education and a better quality of life. The socioeconomic structure of our country; the resources and support available for many Americans, are easily accessed by a select few. This of course leaves a large number of people at an inherent disadvantage when they attempt to improve the situation life has placed them in.