There are several forms of crisis stalking the American education. It poses a very big threat to not only the present but also to the future systems of education and generation as well. In order to restore excellence to all schools regardless of their locations and who they serve, then something needs to be done urgently. This problem is purely the disadvantages faced by the minority children who go to inner city schools as these students face numerous challenges which seem to hinder their proper learning in order to meet the expectations of the education system.
The issues affecting these children are social in as much as educational problems plague them. On social matters, these children come from disadvantaged backgrounds which hinder their normal learning (Cibulka & Boyd 2006). One such problem is poverty. The United States of America is a world super power and is ranked one of the richest nations in the world. But sad enough is the fact that there are children who come from not so well to do families who are plagued by their ways of life that it indeed affects their education.
The educational issues that affect these children are inclined to how the system does go about the teaching and learning process. American children have proven to be trailing behind other students from competing economies of the world for the simple reason of not getting the necessary kind of education to put then in an advantaged position just like the rest (Sommer 1984). It is for this reason that many of them fail the tests given at their levels and in international competitions; they are always not performing well.
Not many children who go through the school system reach college in the United States of America. Many of them drop along the way. Those who are lucky enough to get there are ill prepared to face the challenges of college education (Dawson 2010). Before even reaching college, almost all of those in high school do not perform well in all the core subjects. This makes the kind of education offered questionable because it does not meet the objectives of the teaching and learning process.
Even after completing college, it has been observed that these children are not prepared enough to compete for the available jobs in the career paths that they take. This has led to a very high rate of unemployment and not that the jobs are not there but simply because the children are not competent enough to take up competitive jobs (Quade 1990). Almost all of them will start with menial jobs or jobs at the bottom of organizations because they are ill equipped to handle the more challenging and better rewarding jobs.
Those children who come from disadvantaged families need to be offered solutions that will help them stay in school and better still concentrate in their studies. They need to be offered a safe environment to live in and even be provided with proper diet as well as decent housing. This way, American children will get quality education which will make them competent in the employment sector and also make them the best in the world.
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