Education Is The Most Powerful Weapon

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As Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world,” and this should be our guiding principle when instituting reform in our country. The United States has the worst economic inequality in the developed world. The wealthy are making more money than ever and the amount of people living in poverty are growing at an alarming rate. As a whole, the impoverished are struggling to provide for their basic needs. A major factor in this inequality is the gap in education. Inner city public schools are not effective at teaching children the necessary skills to succeed in college, if they do not drop out of school altogether. Clearly, traditional welfare programs are not effectively ending the poverty cycle, so, new targeted programs must be put in place to help normalize this inequality. The most effective reform would be to increase educational opportunities for children inhabiting the inner city. Improvements to the public school system are constantly being proposed, but, virtually, nothing improves in their infrastructure regardless of how much money is invested. It is more than just increasing funding, the environment in these inner city schools must be more advantageous for learning. Changing the overall culture is more difficult than just improving facilities and hiring better teachers. School vouchers are effective by granting qualified students a voucher that allows them to attend a private school that meets certain criteria set
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