While doing my research, I learned about many issues in schools all over the country. Mainly the problems are caused by lack of funding in the public school system. For example, many schools crave new technology for their students to help them advance in learning, but their school can’t afford it.
Also, there are many debates going on about how children should be taught. Obviously, the “norm” is to lecture and teach at school and test students on the material. However, many new teaching methods are emerging and schools can’t decide whether they should continue the way that they are teaching, or test out these new methods, possibly at the detriment of the students. To conclude, the decision on how to teach students is a difficult one, because children’s futures may be endangered if they are not properly taught.
Not only is the decision about how to teach an issue, but educating kids is an issue in and of itself. Every day, 7,000 – 8,000 teenagers drop out of high school; 36% of them in just 9th grade. Also, 90% of jobs in this country will not hire high school dropouts. Some reasons why kids drop out are the fact that they are failing, they don’t enjoy school, they think it will be easier to just get their GED, or they had to work instead of attend school. In order to fix this problem, I think that schools should begin programs that help the kids that feel as if they should drop out, by encouraging them and helping them make a plan for the future. However, this is not realistic due to the lack of funding in the school system.
All in all, kids dropping out of school is a major problem, and something must be done to help them.