Argumentative Essay: Educational System and Its Impact on Society
Education in critical to develop the young minds of society. In America, a debate is raging, however, as to whether the educational system is doing what is should to educate students. I believe that the educational system in America has its flaws. Some students receive the benefits of education, while others do not. The chances that a student will receive the benefits of the educational system can largely depend on where the student lives, the educational level of the parents, the income of the parents, and the quality of the school that the student attends. Because education is supposed to give every student a chance to succeed, I believe that our educational system is failing because it fails to reach those who must need a quality education.
Mann arguments have been interpreted to say that education provides near limitless possibilities (From Report of the Massachusetts Board of Education, 1848). One thing that Mann asserts is that it gives students a way out of poverty. But this may not actually be the case in America. Every year, it is estimate that 1.3 million student drop out of high school. And lower income student are six times more likely to drop out of high school than other students. There are a number of reasons why student in lower income areas may be more likely to drop out that other students. One reason could be the necessity to work and provide income at that present time. Additionally, the value of an education may not be stressed in their area. Thirdly, access to higher education may be unaffordable; therefore, they may believe that receiving a high school diploma make little difference.
“Still Separate, Still Unequal” asserts that socioeconomic difference have a significant impact on the education that students receive. Students in suburban area, which are mostly white, tend to be offered college preparatory classes are part of the education they receive. Furthermore, the article states that corporate America and many white collar jobs are not integrated. Students who see this may be discouraged from pursuing higher educational goals; instead, these students may view higher education and corporate jobs as not being for them.
The fact that the student that most need education to escape poverty are the least likely to receive it suggests that the educational system in American is failing to reach the students that are most in need of a quality education. If the educational system in America only provide opportunities to those who are already privileged, it is not doing what it should to either provide equal opportunities or adequate opportunities to all of the student of the country.
Kozol, Johnathan. “Still Separate, Still Unequal.”
Mann, Horance. “From Report of the Massachusetts Board of Education, 1848”