Undoubtedly, American Education System is great in many aspects, however, it has several problems that need to be looked into. According to a recent ranking done by the U.S News, American Education System is ranked seventh globally. From the ranking, it is clear that America can do more to ensure the pupils and students do receive a quality education in their schools. Below are some of the problems that America schools are currently facing.
Lack of Adequate Funds
The inadequacy of funds is so obvious and evident in many schools across the country, for instance, most of the schools do not have current version textbooks because of budget cuts. Due to lack of funding, they are forced to give the students outdated textbooks that contain incorrect information, also, most of these textbooks are usually in terrible conditions. The inadequacy of funds does not only affect textbooks only, in some schools you are likely to find music and art classes being excluded from the curriculum since the schools cannot get funds to support the programs. Exclusion of such classes may have a severe impact on the quality of education being offered in the schools since the children are denied a chance to learn things that may potentially change their life in future. It is worrying that as a country we may be hindering future artists and musicians from achieving their goals and visions of becoming great artists because our schools are unable to fund the classes where these children can develop their talents and skills.
Bullying is another problem the American Education System face, it is known that children who have experienced bullying have high chances of experiencing long-term psychological impact. It is saddening to note that bullying is very rampant and severe to those children who are enrolled in nation’s school systems. Bullying has become worse in today’s age since it is not only done in school but also in homes, through the use of social media, bullying is nowadays spilled over to home life. Kids that are being bullied are likely to show traits such as anxiety, stress and if it continues for long they may develop depression. Some people may argue that this is a problem that is easy to deal with but note the problem has persisted in American Education System for a very long time.
Generally the population of America is growing, and for this reason, most schools across the country are having more students enroll than the school can accommodate. For this reason, the resources and time allocated in these schools are overstretched. It has become hard for many students to strive since they do not get one on one attention. Of course, we cannot blame it on the teacher since they are in charge of many students and have to give each student attention. Overcrowding can result in other problems, for instance, many schools are unable to buy books for the growing number of students, also overcrowding can result to bullying happening in the school without the knowledge of the teachers since there are very few teachers who are required to keep an eye at a large number of students. Appropriate steps need to be taken to control the population of these schools since as the population continues to grow the problem will only become worse.
“No Child Left Behind “Program
“No Child Left Behind” is a program that was established by the America government, however, it is a program that has brought several problems to the America Education System. Without no doubt, Obama government did try to make reform but still, the program has changed how the American schools used to work. According to most parents, teachers and students, the “No Child Left Behind” program is not appropriate since it forces the school to “teach for tests”. This has resulted in most schools teaching students how to pass tests instead of learning since nation’s teachers are rated using the test scores. It is clear that school systems have changed for the worse since there is no teaching going on in most schools instead they pay all attention on how to perform on the tests.
As I conclude, it is clear that America Education System is experiencing some problems but there are solutions to these problems, meaning it is time to amend and repair the education system. Remember the children learning under this system are the one to lead America in the years to come and that why it is our responsibility to make sure that they get the best education available. Like we as a country strive to be the best in most fields, let’s do the same in this field too and give the education system the attention it deserves.