Professor Rick Garza
25 February 2013
Preparing for Life after School
Numerous people find fault in today’s school system thinking that it is meant to educate our children. They see that our children get by with average grades, do not always perform well on standardized tests, and do not necessarily receive the same quality of education or have the same opportunities as all other children. What they do not see, however, is that there is actually nothing wrong with our school system except for the fact that, contrary to popular belief, it is not actually meant to educate our children.
Many people believe that our school system is not doing a good job of educating our children so they try various different approaches to education in order to give their children a better, more meaningful life. “The Equity and Excellence Commission said, ‘While some young Americans – most of them white and affluent – are getting a truly world-class education, those who attend schools in high poverty neighborhoods are getting an education that more closely approximates schools in developing nations’” (Toppo). Children receive different qualities of education simply based upon where they come from and the color of their skin. Students do not have a fair chance at getting similar educations. Children of color, as well as those who come from poorer areas, are more likely to get a sub-standard education geared more towards vocational trades whereas white children, and those from richer communities, are more likely to receive a better education geared more towards educational trades. Though these children come from different backgrounds and receive different schooling, neither is actually getting an education. Rather, they are being schooled into behaving as society wishes them to; they perform boring, repetitive tasks in order to get the job done.
In reality, there is no problem with our education system. To realize this, though, “…we must wake...