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The Decline of The U.S. Education System Essay

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Education in the United States has long been a concerned issue for teachers, parents, and communities. It is a major political topic, in which government has shown continuous efforts to compare and evaluate standards from state to state by creating and monitoring various programs for overall academic improvement across the country.
Proper education has now become a moral necessity in order for individuals and societies to grow and succeed. Some of the major issues in the U.S. educational system consist of lack of equality in education, and decline in academic test scores. The U.S. spends more per student than any OECD nation, and other countries also seemingly invest funds differently than us. In addition, most countries invest money
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Education Secretary Arne Duncan said "This is an absolute wake-up call for America," "The results are extraordinarily challenging to us and we have to deal with the brutal truth. We have to get much more serious about investing in education." ("USA Today- In ranking, U.S. students trail global leaders," 2010, para. 4)
While the U.S. has shown minor improvement in the PISA science test scores from 2006 to 2009 there is still a large margin for improvement needed in all areas. But questions still remain to be answered as to why there is such a large gap in comparison between the U.S. education and other countries. In his remarks regarding the release of the PISA results, Secretary Arne Duncan quotes the fact that the OECD has concluded in their study that the primary issue is not directly related to diversity or disadvantaged backgrounds of public school students but that "Socio-economic disadvantage leads more directly to poor educational performance in the United States than is the case in many other countries." (Secretary Arne Duncan’s Remarks at OECD’s Release of the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2009 Results, December 7, 2010)
In addition OECD concluded that, children from single-parent families score much lower in reading than their peers from two-parent or other types of families, even after accounting for socio-economic background.
Furthermore, teachers’ salary
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