How does the American education system fail its students, we might ask. First, the American system is rife with bias. From the funding to the materials being taught to the school location, there is a definite “have not” mentality in American education. What makes it worse is that these biases are reinforced by the schools themselves. The results are the same: a lack of educational opportunity for students from low-income backgrounds. Sadly, this isn’t the only reason schools in these communities fail.
The US education system is plagued with problems, and one of the most serious is the underlying crisis in its educational system. Uneven access, school closures, budget cuts, and privatization of public schools are all taking their toll on our students. These problems must be solved if the U.S. is to compete with other countries. In the meantime, the US education system should strive to create an environment in which students can learn and thrive.
Moreover, the system is increasingly unequal. In fact, in the 2017/18 academic session, 60% of US students failed the algebra Regents exam. This lack of equality and accessibility in higher education is creating a situation in which the educational opportunities in US higher institutions depend on the social status of students’ families. Students with money can afford preparatory courses, which are prerequisites to an American tertiary education.