Public Education in America

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Education for Rich?The United States of America has been ranked 12 according to the United Nation's 2008 human development index report in committing towards education by public spending. According the U.S. Department of Education, the federal, state and local governments had spent a total of 786.8 billion dollars in 2006 on education and it is estimated that in the year 2008, about 837.7 billion dollars has been spent. In the school year of 2004-2005, the average expenditure per student was $8700. In an average class of 23, the annual cost to run a class room comes out to be $200,100. It is clear from the statistics that education is expensive in the U.S. Beside all these government spending, it is still the fact that the public education in the U.S. is worse than some of the developing countries. As Michael Moore says in his article "Idiot Nation," that we produce intellectuals that don't know the difference between a country and a continent or they don't know the names of the heads of the key countries.

Kazol in his article "Still Separate, Still Unequal" says that inner city schools in America has failed to produce literate graduate. If this is so, we need to solve these issues regarding the public education in this country and bring the inner city schools that are in lower class neighborhoods to the level of suburban schools that are doing good. The ways that America can come out of the issues of the public education and strengthening the future of its children are by funding for the schools that are not doing good, educating the students about sex and health, and allowing the corporate funding for the betterment of the poor schools.

The schools in the inner city are the ones, which do not...