HOW THE EDUCATION SYSTEM FAILS US BRI ZEIBERG

At a young age, children are introduced to school as a nurturing environment - a place to learn and grow. However, as a child’s academic career progresses through the years, the added stress and the decrease of motivation coming from the students becomes noticeable. Why has school become a place that makes kids dread walking through the doors each day? What happened to learning to obtain information and not learning to just get an ‘A’? Something about school has made students feel they have lost hope and just want to give up. People tend to focus on “early-childhood education and access to college” (Steinberg 1). However there are years and years in between these two stages of education and this is typically where students feel the most lost.

Ironically, at Staples High School, I have learned that it is not easy to just ‘give up’ on education. Teachers make it their job to see you succeed and thrive and so they make sure you do not cause yourself any kind of failure. At Staples, teachers makes sure that their students have access to the tools they need in order to succeed. They offer extra hours of their time to sit down and make sure a student understands the material. It is a student’s job to apply oneself and make sure they are being the best student they can be. For most kids in our school, the ultimate goal is college. However, colleges have become harder and harder to get into. As a result, parents may put pressure on their children to achieve things that may be beyond their abilities. All this pressure causes students to feel like they cannot meet expectations.

Although they are just miles down the road from each other, schools can be vastly different. An article from the New York Times discusses the great differences between Fairfield and Bridgeport, Connecticut school districts. Bridgeport, being less funded but more populated, has struggled trying to provide resources for all of their students. Students are stripped of resources in less funded areas like Bridgeport. Though the students in affluent areas may not even need the resources as greatly as the less advantaged kids, they are deprived of the tools they need to learn. In Fairfield, this has never been a struggle.While comparing these two school systems, Fairfield is described as “allowing children in poor districts to languish, while their wealthier neighbors soared” (NYT 1). When you live in a wealthy community, you take everything for granted. Students from Bridgeport strive to succeed but they aren’t given the same amount of attention as kids from Fairfield may have.

Around the world, many communities do not value education as much and this causes just as many issues. Kids in other areas are being denied the education they need because the school systems near them can not provide them with the tools they need. Some kids don’t even have the opportunity to go to school. In other countries, school isn’t offered because there may not be schools or there may not be education for girls. These students often feel equally anxious about their futures.

A poor school experience cannot just be blamed on the tools and resources provided. The social scene may affect students and teachers just as much. School is meant to be a safe place for people to get the education they should have without worrying about the social effects. STOMP Out Bullying is a huge campaign targeting the prevention of bullying. A statistic from the site states that 1 in 4 kids are bullied in school, which may lead them to not want to continue attending. Also, the added pressure put on students from their home lives can influence their dislike for school. In such close-knit communities like Fairfield county, you may see kids feel more at peace within their classrooms. In other areas, more fighting may occur in the school day which makes it a dangerous environment. You can also see more signs of bullying which will make them no longer want to return.

Another widely discussed issue would be the dropout rate within our schools. Many kids in our country do not like school because of the tests and homework, but this should never cause a student to drop out. The dropout rate within our country's school system is inappropriate compared to the numbers from other countries. Kids who live in Bridgeport have such limited access to tools that will help them graduate that the dropout rate has increased to 8 percent within the last year. The New York Times interviewed a new senior from Bridgeport who was just 6 days into his last year at Warren Harding High School. He told the Times that 3 of his friends had already dropped out. “They just decided they didn’t want to come anymore,” Mr. Simmons said, and states that he doesn’t even know why.

Once a student leaves school, no one will go after these students and then inspire them to continue. That lack of attention is the main problem within our school system; the inspiration is lost. This is unacceptable and cannot just continue. Education is so essential to our society that there needs to be a spark that makes these kids want to continue.

Kids around the globe are being denied the education they need because the school systems near them can not provide them with the tools they need. Some kids don’t even have the opportunity to go to school. In other counrtries, school isn’t offered becuase there might not even be schools. An article from the New York Times discusses the difference in Fairfield and Bridgeport, Connecticut school districts, even though they are just miles down the road from each other While comparing these two school systems, Fairfield is described as “allowing children in poor districts to languish, while their wealthier neighbors soared” (NYT 1). When you live in a wealthy community, you take everything for granted. Students from Bridgeport strive to succeed but they aren’t given the same amount of attention as other kids from Fairfield may have.

At Staples, Teachers makes sure that their students have access to the tools they need in order to succeed. They offer extra hours of their time to sit down and make sure a student understands the material. Holden needs extra help to assist him to focus and to apply himself. Holden’s family is wealthy and is willing to provide him with the extra rescources he may need.

School is meant to be a safe place for people to get the education they should have without worrying about the social dynamics. STOMP Out Bullying is a huge campaign regarding the prevention of bullying. A statistic from the site says 1 in 4 kids are bullied in school, which may lead them to not want to continue going.

In such close-knit communities like Fairfield county, you may see kids feel more at peace within their classrooms. In other areas, more fighting may occur in the school day which makes it a dangerous environment. You can also see more signs of bullying which will make them no longer want to return.

Most kids in our country do not like school because of the tests and homework, but this cannot make people drop out. The dropout rate within our country's school system is inappropriate compared to the numbers from other countries. Kids who live in Bridgeport have access to a limited amount of tools to help them graduate that the dropout rate has increased from 8 percent within the last year.he New York Times had interviewed a newly senior from Bridgeport who was just 6 days into his last year at Warren Harding High School. He told the Times that already 3 of his friends had dropped out. “They just decided they didn’t want to come anymore,” Mr. Simmons said, he then explains he doesn’t know why. The problem is is that nobody will go after these students and then inspire them to continue. That is the main problem within our school system. The inspiration is lost. This is unacceptable and just cannot continue. Education is so essential to our society that there needs to be a spark that makes these kids want to continue.

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