Title: "Problems in America's Schools" includes I. Inadequacy of urban schools, II. Students needs, and III. Distractions. works cited included- 8 sources. MLA format

Essay by annie.ratonHigh School, 11th gradeA, June 2002

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Aki Braun

American Lit 10

Mrs. Harkness

19 April 2002

Problems in America's Schools

America's public schools are not providing the education that students need to thrive.

I. Inadequacy of urban schools

A. Money

B. Race

C. Peer pressure

II. Students needs

A. Censorship

B. Special needs

C. Gifted and talented

III. Distractions

A. School Shootings

B. Other Violence

C. Truancy

"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource," -John F. Kennedy. Education, especially in this day and age, is a necessary tool for survival. Former president Kennedy recognized it, as does current president George W. Bush, and all leaders to come will recognize it as well. Unfortunately, not every student in America's schools gets the education that he or she deserves. Different inequalities and other situations among students can hinder the educational process, preventing success later in life.

America's public schools are not providing the education that students need to thrive.

Within the schools of urban communities exist numerous problems that are holding students to lower standards. These students leave school unprepared for higher education and without many important job skills that suburban or rural students may acquire. Without this knowledge, many families are doomed to generation after generation of underprivileged life. Though some reform policies have been successful, not enough have been enacted or effective. There needs to be a change in urban schools to properly serve the children.

A major problem with public schools in urban communities is that they are not receiving proper funding. The numbers are there to prove it. One study states, "In 1990, schools with low poverty levels spent an average of $6565 per student, while those with higher poverty levels spent and average of $5173 per...