Dr. Judy Olson
October 28, 2012
The Standard of Educating California
California has always been known for its innovative educational system, but in recent years our rank has been rapidly declining. In “Yuba City School” Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni describes the struggles her son underwent in school simply because English was not his first language and the teacher did not take into consideration his situation. In “A Win-Win for the High School Exit Exam” Sandra Nichols explains that passing the high school exit exam should not be a requirement for students to graduate, they should receive a diploma regardless. In “Cuts Crush College Promise” Lesli A. Maxwell discusses how higher education in California is getting more expensive and harder to come by due to all the budget cuts. Education should be a priority in California because not only are the youth the future visionaries of the country, we as a society have a standard of excellence that must be upheld in order to maintain progress. Education is an essential part of the American Dream, and should be attainable for all who avidly seek it. Unfortunately, many immigrant families discover nothing but rejection and indifference from the American schools. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni tells us of a young boy by the name of Neeraj, a boy whose family immigrated to America for a chance at a better life, that gets placed in the back of the classroom for not knowing or understanding the language and he cannot learn because the teacher is “far up in front” and “makes word sounds that he does not know”(223). Like my family I am sure that Neeraj’s parents wanted to come from India to seek a better life and better education for their children. Neeraj reminds me a lot of my dad based on the stories he tells me from when he came to America. He did not know the language and at first he was put into a class room where the teacher did not care about teaching my dad the language or any of the other concepts....
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