Education Today in USA
With so many sides to the story, it’s difficult to truly know the status of education today. The truth is, there is no right answer. The status of education in America varies from state to state, sometimes even in a micro scale. Status of education can vary from school to school or from one county to another. Some schools in rural populations may be doing not so good, but in other places of the country education could be improving. The indicators highlight the fact that rural public schools K-12 depend more on state funding than city and suburban schools (which tend to receive a greater proportion of their funding from local sources) and that rural public schools spend more per student than public schools in cities, suburbs, and towns when adjusted for geographic cost differences. Rural public schools also have lower pupil-to-teacher ratios than schools in other locales. Compared to city public schools, rural public schools have lower average numbers of students per school counselor, social worker, school psychologist, and special education instructional aides (Imazeki). As of highschool students that go to college, generally, a smaller percentage of high school graduates in rural areas enroll in college than graduates in any other locale, and a smaller percentage of rural adults have a bachelor's degree than their peers in cities and suburbs. Statistics show that approximately 34 percent of all 18- to 24-year-olds were enrolled in colleges or universities. The college enrollment rate in rural areas (27 percent) was lower than the rate in cities (37 percent), suburban areas (37 percent), or towns (32 percent)(Census). Not only is education different geographically, but also depending on wether you are a man or a woman. According to the American Community Survey (ACS), of all eight-teen to twenty-four-year-olds enrolled in colleges and universities, thirty-eight percent were females, compared to thirty-one percent of males.
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