“America’s Schools are Profoundly Unequal” says U.S. Civil Rights Commission. When will the government stop saying such obvious things? How about, “America’s Society is Profoundly Unequal”? We don’t have a problem funding our schools. There is actually plenty of money. More money is spent in the U.S. classroom than in most other countries that outdo us in education. Throwing more money at school will not solve anything because our schools aren’t the problem. Neither are teachers. Poor schools have good teachers. Solid funding. Our schools are not failing students. Our society is failing students. If kids come to school hungry, from homes that are under tremendous financial stress, they are not ready to learn. There is no amount of school funding that will fix the lack of home funding. It doesn’t matter how many reports we make. The problem stays the same. Unless we as a society fix families and lift people out of poverty, we are holding students back. We can sit back and put all the responsibility on the parents, but in the end, if we don’t help families, we will need extra funding for future social problems.
“Every child deserves a quality of life, regardless of their zip code.”