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Failing Schools

Posted by Admin On October - 9 - 2009

FAILING SCHOOLSAre Public Schools In Crisis? Are Our Schools Bleeding?

America is a land of opportunity. One of the opportunities that are afforded to every citizen is education for our children. Through a network of public school systems, free education is available to every child in America. There are those however, that believe that our public schools are in crisis. With populations rising, and budgets for education shrinking, our educators are being asked to do more and more for our children with less and less. As our economy suffers, more and more children are living at or below the poverty level. Families are turning to their school districts for subsidized lunches and other assistance in record levels.

One of the biggest impacts of our current school crisis has been in the decrease in funding for arts education. With budget cuts all around, district leadership is being forced to decide between providing adequate text books and learning materials and providing music and art classes to students. Some schools have had to cut back their programs to only half a year, while others have had to eliminate the programs altogether. This lack of fine arts training is robbing our students of valuable learning opportunities, as there is a strong body of research that indicates that students that have music classes do better in math.

No Child Left Behind, or NCLB as it is commonly called, has been one of the biggest factors in throwing our public schools into crisis. With ever state being required to develop standards to which all districts much adhere, teachers are being called upon to push students through a curriculum that may not be appropriate for ever student. NCLB did away with the ability to have “leveled classrooms”, where students were grouped into classes based upon their academic achievements. Students that were academically advanced were in a class with other students that are also advanced, rather than having a mixture of ability levels in the class. Under NCLB, no such leveling is allowed.

There is no doubt that some of our public schools are in crisis. Standards vary widely from state to state, meaning that the impacts vary as well. Schools that are in more affluent areas tend to have better test scores, as the schools are able to allocate more financial resources to curriculum than they are to support services. The one thing that is sure is that something needs to be done, and soon, or else the education that all children are guaranteed may become more and more a thing of the past.  With schools continuing to fail, the material below will be helpful and provide valuable information.




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