One of the major problems in America today is the overwhelming incidences of inequality in the schools, particularly the differences between schools in the suburbs and the urban school system. This inequality is jumping off point, if left unresolved this problem will continue to contribute to the growing strain on the economy. It will lead to an increase in the numbers of teen pregnancies, the unemployment rate, the number poverty stricken individuals, and a trend of drug or alcohol abuse in these communities.
One of the reasons inequality has become so prevalent in our school systems is due to fundamental attribution error, which pretty much says that only bad people do bad, mean, or evil things and only good people do good things. When in actuality when placed in the right circumstances good people can do good things and vice versa. These generally good kids are put into situations everyday where they are required to just conform to what is expected of them. Unfortunately in urban schools where generally nothing is expected of them, that is what they do.
Another key role in the destruction of the school system is the bystander effect. The bystander effect plays a role because everyone sees what is going on in our urban schools but because we know everyone else sees it we expect someone else to step up and fix the problem instead of taking the initiative to do something about it ourselves. For example, at least once every two weeks or so I hear in the news about the decline of the numbers of children graduating from high school in urban areas and an even greater decline in the number of children going on to college from these areas. However, as much as they talk about the problem, very seldom do I hear of someone actually stepping in to change the trend.
People also tend to make the mistake of believing in the just world phenomenon. The just world phenomenon states that people get what they deserve...