Public education has been under fire over the last decade; between budget misappropriation, the bully issue, and the impending Common Core, many parents and teachers are up in arms about the state of education. Students are arguably being trained to take tests instead of learning how to think, and what was once considered a universal education has turned into education based on what each state wants the children to learn.
Teachers are being graded based on how well children take tests, classroom sizes are growing, and there seems to be an increase in children who need medication to get through their school day. Violence in the schools has been on the rise since 1988, making the public school system a scary place to be (CNN, 2015). The public school system could be said to be in crisis at this point. Many families are opting out of public education in favor of private schools, charter schools, home school, unschooling, and free schooling.
The public school system has not always been in the state it is currently in. Once, educating the masses was a top priority. There was plenty of room in the budget to fund the schools and pay the teachers. Classroom sizes were at a functional number and teachers were able to effectively teach the students. Students were taught the basics of the subjects at hand, instead of being taught how to memorize facts in order to pass tests. The presence of children on various behavior medications was minimal at best. Then, somewhere along the line, a transformation began to occur; a transformation that appears to be putting the public school system into crisis. This crisis, and being aware of what is happening, is detrimental to the education of our children.
Unfortunately, the children most affected by the pitfalls of budget cuts in public schools will be from the working class and middle class families who cannot or will not afford the costly private school tuition. The daunting task of paying for college tuition also hangs over these very same families, as students fall behind even under the “no child left behind” efforts that changed the face of public schools.
Dropout rates are high, resulting in an influx of unskilled young adults into the working world filling unskilled labor jobs across the nation, or worse, unemployed and homeless. Unless those in positions of power change the way funds are spent on educational efforts in the public school system, it will continue to fail the children of millions of families