Does Arizona education news portray the real situation of our schools?

As a parent with kids in school, I try to concern myself with current issues touching on the topic about education. Though I have a demanding job, I keep abreast with the news about our schools through the internet or television.

Lately, I have seen schools in the news in some parts of the country for all the wrong reasons. I am worried because I don’t know if these stories give a true depiction of our education system. Does Arizona education news give us the true picture of our schools?

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Aaron Lee on January 22, 2018

I believe the news we watch on television and read on the internet has the power to inform and build the society. The media has been right to give us the brutal truth about what is going on in most of our schools. However, the situation in one school does not necessary summarize the true picture of all the schools in the state.

Topics about education have been widely discussed in the media. These issues range from violence, student performance and teachers compensation. Most of the information we know is because of the media’s scrutinizing eye. This has helped to improve our schools.

Here is a highlight of why I support AZ education news in depicting our schools:

  • Gives insight on the safety of children in our schools.
    With several incidents of violence in schools, the major concern for parents in recent years is the safety of their children in school. Responsibility for child safety while in school lies with the school administration and the local government. The media has not given them an easy time as they demand to know the measures taken to ensure the safety of school going children.
  • Informative on issues affecting student performance. I have seen the media tackle issues that affect the performance of students in our schools. Many factors in and outside the classroom affect how a student scores.
  • Shows us what the government has done to improve our children’s learning experience. The government is a major player in education and the media often puts it to task to explain what impact they have made on our schools. This includes issues on equity, disbursement of materials, educational policies among others.
  • Advocates for accountability in the management of public school funds. Without the media, most of us would never know about the existence of some public funds that are set aside for schools. Taking up this supervisory role, the media has ensured that funds go to intended projects. Rogue officials are afraid of public scrutiny and exposure therefore refrain from embezzling these finances.
  • Gives us an evaluation of teaching staff in schools and highlights the issues they face. The media has widely talked about issues that face teachers in our schools in the education news. These include low wages and poor working terms. Many are resolved after the media steps in. These issues affect teachers’ execution of their work and in turn negatively affects students’ performance.


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