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What is wrong with the current American education system?

The American education system was initially designed by enthusiasts to meet the industrial revolution’s economic demands. With today’s global economic climate, it is apparent that the education system we have today has not met the requirements of the ever-evolving society.
Everything in the system has been broken; the system simply stopped working. The US government has a mess on its hands. We are yet to experience the full benefits of education. I would like to have a profound explanation of the American education system problems preventing it from recovering its former stature.

Dana Keller

in Education News

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Heather Maxwell on February 12, 2018

The United States doesn’t really have a system of education. Education in America has largely been a matter for the states, districts and individual counties. While there have been well laid out state standards for a while, national standards were recently introduced. The department of education started existing after 1979. Its main role was to combat discrimination and administer federal finance meant to aid poor schools until the No Child Left Behind Act of 1979. This is no system but a small money-pot for giving everyone a shot.

The fundamental problem of the US education system is that left alone, some US districts can thrive while others just won’t. Attempts to apply same standards to all districts mean that most would not fit.

Though teachers’ pay differs widely, the overall teachers’ pay in the US is low to median when compared to teachers from other nations. To add more salt to the injury, there has been increasing pressure to lower the pay a bit further. The way the federal government funds the states also makes things worse for teachers. The US has rules for a balanced budget in that during an economic downturn, states conserve money. Consequently, funds to teachers are reduced since it is easier than cutting on things like mortgages.

The US education system may be argued as highly productive but it fails a lot of learners. Schools are of late increasing rates at a level much more than the inflation rate. The cost-benefit advantage of attending college has greatly declined. The grants system for college students has various challenges. To start with, they have a set a minimum grade point average for eligibility.
Most students are left out because of this requirement. The scholarship has only rewarded
students of a certain level of academic excellence. Provided they maintain their performance,
these students keep benefiting from the fund till they are through with their education. One who wavers in their performance can lose the financial support in certain instances in the program.

The scholarship requires the student to be enrolled in full-time college programs. This requirement for a full-time program presents challenges for most students. For instance, students who are raising a family find it hard to enroll in a full-time program. Since they can’t afford to raise a family and be in a full-time program, such students cannot get such education benefit
from these scholarships.

Caleb Jenkins2 years ago

I totally agree that the cost-benefit advantage of going to college has greatly reduced. To add on to this, American education system is outdated; occupational skills and personal skills are treated in the same way. Schools do poorly in both since teaching occupational skills is the focus. I am a good example since my occupation comprises of three skills set that I was not taught in K-12 — human centered design, process flow and interacting with a computer. If I use anything, it’s some concepts of the math that I learned. This teaching of skills that are never applied later during one’s occupation includes the American education system problems. Occupational skills are imparted in a better way compared to personal skills. This difference leaves the student to develop personal skills on their own. Benefits of education can be realized if those responsible introduced a learning system that lets students move with occupational skills at their own pace.

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