American School Systems

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Amy Greene
Mr. Russo
ENGL 1100
September 11, 2012

The American School Systems

All throughout history there has always been a battle between every country – For power, money, technology, natural resources, energy, weapons and now education and knowledge. Desperate times call for desperate measures and every country around the globe struggle, strive, and push to become a thriving wealthy community as a whole. America, claimed to be one of the most prosperous countries in the world lacks in the battle of wits, or does it? Is the American society really digging its own grave or, is America doing better than the eye perceives? Positive and negative factors are both played in the education and schooling systems that are being shaped through time. In the articles “American Schools in Crisis” and “Tuning in to Dropping Out” and the image that is in the background all give out different messages as to why and how the American school system detracts students from proper knowledge and what its major downfalls are.

“As our society has changed, the schools have had to deal with escalating social problems.” (Ravitch 1). A direct quote from the article “American Schools in Crisis” by Diane Ravitch, Diane’s article discusses how American society has many social problems that greatly affect young children and adults in their journey to gain knowledge, wisdom and success. One example of a large forming social problem that is affecting students learning capabilities is the broken homes children and young adults have to live in. Many children live in broken homes of divorced parents, alcoholic and drug behaviors, fighting, and lack of communication, and some children do not even have houses or families to go home to at the end of the day. In modern times, even to just barely get by on his or her own, a person must graduate high school, and are more or less expected to go to college, the army/navy/military or go directly into the workforce itself. According to...
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