Urban Inequalities In Education

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We have all been told by at least one of our teachers that our schooling is preparing us for life, college, or the career we will have down the road. Many students try to discount this idea, but it still stands true: the schooling we receive is the foundation our lives are built upon. We would all like to believe everyone receives the same footing in their education, but unfortunately this is untrue. As the differences between poor urban areas and more affluent communities become more and more apparent, it has become increasingly evident that inequalities in education exist between the two, making it difficult for students to attain their goals in today's society. The effects of this inequity not only affect the individual student in the current…show more content…
As higher education is becoming increasingly desired in the professional world, students in poor-urban areas, when compared to students in more affluent communities, are not being afforded the opportunity to build a firm foundation, upon which they will build their academic career, and ultimately their life.
Throughout America, students wake up, go to school, and learn. However, not all experiences are the same. Some students are enrolled in charter schools, others in private schools, and the majority in public school systems. The public school systems, being the majority, are home to a wide variety of students, with a vast array of backgrounds. The public schools in urban areas with a poor population are no exception to this. Their students’ lives at home have seen many hardships, and when they go to school their issues at home do not simply disappear. These issues hinder learning in the classroom, making it very difficult for these students to learn, as shown in the cartoon.The cartoon demonstrates how issues of poverty outside of school really impact how students learn in the classroom. The evidence of the lack of learning
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Of the taxes they pay, some of the money goes to the school districts. However, not all of the schools in a given state are given the same funds to operate their school and teach their students (Wright). This leads to a funding inequity within any given state, and many of the schools that are neglected funding-wise are those in high poverty communities (Adkins). Inequities exist across state borders as well, where some states allocate far more dollars to each pupil than in other states (Wright). Because of this, many of their facilities are crumbling in comparison to others, and their teaching staff is often times understaffed and either ill prepared to teach this certain demographic or are not, in simple terms, good teachers (Shyamalan). Some teachers that teach in poor urban areas are not prepared to comprehend the life of poverty their students live in, and the effects they play in the classroom (Capra). Having teachers that do not understand the culture of poverty that they live in can have a tremendous effect on a student's life. In the end, a bad teacher can cost students tens of thousands of dollars in their total life’s earnings (Shyamalan). Administration in poorer schools are often times lacking in comparison to that in more affluent communities (Shyamalan). Principles are essential in making sure a school is run properly and when the do not perform well the school does
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