Education Inequality By:Ryan O'Rourke

Education Inequality is a major issue in today’s world as many Mexican and African American children do not have the same schooling opportunities in their earlier years as white children do for the most part. This includes school supplies and what they are taught at certain points in their career. Doing this can give the kids who have a better education a much larger advantage in life later on. In an article written by US and World Report, the author reportedly stated, "Conversely, a strong education can act as a bejeweled key that opens the gate through every other aspect of equality, whether political, economical, racial, judicial, etc. based." This author is making a strong case by showing how education leads to the development of higher knowledge and thinking of someone in so many different aspects. He then goes on to say that this all begins with your educations as a child. Obviously, it is shown that where you go to school, and the kinds of people around you really determine your placement in life. This supports the claim because if you are surrounded by many African Americans in a school, you will be learning the same things as them at the same pace. If the black community is not achieving as high standards and white children, then those white children are going to have a better shot at doing something good with their life and have many more opportunities than those children who cannot keep up with the smarter kids. Adding on to this, In another article by the US and World Report, the author said," Education may be the key to solving broader American inequality, but we have to solve educational inequality first. There is no progress being made, encouraging examples to emulate, that an early start is critical." This is a great example of showing how solving this problem can help develop other inequality problems too. Educational inequality is the most important because if all races have some of the same opportunities it will build up from there and eventually these problems will be solved.

Later in Life, these children have less an advantage than those students who got a better education. This set them up better for life, so they had better opportunities, and an edge over those other kids. An author on, stated," Educational experiences for minority students have continued to be substantially separate and unequal. Two-thirds of minority students still attend schools that are predominantly minority, most of them located in central cities and funded well below those in neighboring suburban districts. Recent analyses of data prepared for school finance cases in Alabama, New Jersey, New York, Louisiana, and Texas have found that on every tangible measure—from qualified teachers to curriculum offerings—schools serving greater numbers of students of color had significantly fewer resources than schools serving mostly white students." This quote is like a journey back into times of discrimination and segregation. Black students should not have to go through this again, always worrying about what they need to do to succeed in life and what they must do extra to keep up with the students who are getting a better education. These type of schools have more than enough resources, and all resources should be distributed equally. Another example to help support this topic is from the same website. The same author quoted,"Low levels of performance among the most disadvantaged create long-term problems, particularly in an economy in which higher skill levels are more and more valued and the wages available to less-skilled workers are deteriorating." This example is proving to the world that the students who get the worst education are going to be at the lowest class of payment because they will have to settle with these extremely low paying jobs. This is also an issue because this means that less people will be able to even get jobs because there are such little amounts of jobs left. America has dug its own hole in this society and must crawl out of it by using more fair education processes.

The world is starting to become segregated through Education, which is a road we do not want to travel down again.

These children who have a education that is not as sustainable will be doomed for the future with finances and job finding. These students will later have to turn to less suitable ways to attain money later in their lives. One example to support this is from the Chicago Policy Review which states that," The researchers also find that children who grow up in poverty are at greater risk of developing behavioral pattern known as "learned helplessness", a condition in which children feel as if they have no power to change or control their circumstances." This condition will destroy someone's will and want to work or find prosperity in life. Nobody should ever have to feel this because all educations should be taught the same curriculum and given the same supplies so that each individual school can have as many graduates from high school and college as any other school. Another quote from this same website which is said by the same author states, "Unemployment and income losses can reduce educational achievement by threatening early childhood nutrition; reducing families’ abilities to provide a supportive learning environment (including adequate health care, summer activities, and stable housing); and by forcing a delay or abandonment of college plans." This proves that not having proper education not only hurts the person who could not achieve the education, but their whole family later in life. This is because when you start a family, you must have enough money for bare essentials for every member of the family. If you cannot afford a family, the children will not get a good education either and the cycle will just continue over and over again. this is why a stop must be put to education inequality.

More taxes towards children education can solve this problem. Bernie Sanders who was a Democratic nominee said that," The cost of college education today is so high that many young people are giving up their dream of going to college, while many others are graduating deeply in debt." This quotes was from BrainyQuote, and completely describes the average minority family. These people cannot afford an education for their kids because the cost is so high. Education should be a right granted to everyone. Education is what prepares found children for the rest of their life, so if that child cannot afford an education, then how will that child be prepared for the journey ahead of them. The answer is that they can't. Another quote by Mr. Sanders suggests that, " Every working family in America knows how hard it is today to find affordable childcare or early childhood education." This is similar to the first quote said by Bernie Sanders. These families who are trying to pay for their children cannot because they do not have the ability to pay for it. These minority families who have a hard time paying taxes defiantly do not have the ability to pay for a four-year tuition, which is exactly why the US must come together to raise taxes for educational needs so that every child has the ability to attend college and make a good career for themselves.

Works Cited

"Bernie Sanders Quotes." BrainyQuote. Xplore, n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

"Enduring Damage: The Effects of Childhood Poverty on Adult Health." Chicago Policy Review. N.p., 24 Nov. 2013. Web. 23 Mar. 2017.

Ireland, Corydon. "The Costs of Inequality: Education Is the Key to It All." U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report, 16 Feb. 2016. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.

"U.S. Education: Still Separate and Unequal." N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.


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