The Problem Of The Public Education System

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To understand how to solve a problem, we must first understand what we are trying to fix. Throughout America’s history parents, educators, and government officials have been debating what changes must be implemented for American children to receive every opportunity possible to gain an education that will prepare them for the future. However, these cries for reform are often rushed, and done for the sole purpose of pleasing the public, not to actually correct the problem. In my opinion, as a student myself, the problem is the public education system as a whole. With America’s diverse 50.1 million school children, America cannot stand as a nation under a single philosophy of teaching. The greatest threats in today’s educational system are the rigid curriculum and the undying stress placed on testing. The impending problem in education is producing well balanced students - mentally,spiritually, emotionally, physically and financially. The curriculum today deals more with academic studies and information than it does with being able to attain the success most aspire for. True success, as has been determined, is a direct result of one’s character. This opinion is supported by Diane Ravitch 's “On How to Improve Our Schools”, as she offers hope for preparing students for a “useful life” and having good character, and making “sound decisions about their life” in the future. One of the most pressing problems with our education system is this narrow focus of the curriculum.
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