There are so many opinions on this topic.
Critics and supporters alike agree that the education system in America needs some adjustment and attention. But beyond that, they can’t even agree to identify the specific challenges and problems that need to be addressed.
Let’s take a quick look the education system in America, particularly the public school system.
The education system in America always experiences money problems.
Money is always a topic of heated discussion when it comes to the public education system in America. Some teachers, administrators and parents want more money to buy computers, fund salaries, purchase supplies, and maintain buildings. Others say there is no correlation between money and performance. In fact, all the statistics bear this out. There is no direct connection between how much money a school spends and the quality of education. It is true that there are schools with lots of money that produce well educated students, but it is also true that there are schools with significantly less funding that produce well educated students.
Class and school size are never reduced enough.
Knowing that doesn’t solve all the problems of the public education system in America. There are lots of other issues that need to be dealt with. Number one might be class size, even school size. Are the teachers spending 30 of every 45 minute class period just trying to get control of the large classes? With a smaller class, would the teacher have more time to focus on each individual student rather than just supervise a large group? Could smaller classes mean more in-depth projects and experiments? Smaller class size might also allow for more thought provoking classroom discussion.
Education system in America controlled by regulations and requirements.
Some teachers feel that they are hemmed in by requirements and regulations. Between local school policy, County Board of Education, State Board, and Federal government there are so many parameters for teachers. Is this too much? Some say the public education system in America would be much better if we back off on these regulations and let teachers teach.
Who is available for answers?
One question every parent wants to know is – Who is accountable? Are we holding the school administrators accountable for providing a safe and productive environment where the children can learn? Are the teachers held accountable for creating a quality learning experience? Lastly, are the students held accountable to do the work necessary to learn the subject?
There is no quick or easy answer to solving theses challenges faced by public schools. But, since they do exist – we must do our best to fix the education system in America.