Social Problems in the U. S Public Schools
- S public schools are in a state of crisis since they encounter various social challenges. Only a few people would agree that public schools in the U.S can be improved. Nevertheless, it is important to understand the issues they undergo to create a plan aimed at reducing their effect on individuals and society (O’Day, & Smith, 2016). Classroom size, Poverty, and family factors are the three main social issues faced by public schools in the U.S.
The classroom size in public schools is a major problem. Teachers are required to attend to many students in a class. In other words. This is to a large extent, due to poor funding by the federal as well as state governments (O’Day, & Smith, 2016). Less financing methods reduce the staff, limited resources, and inadequate services for the learners.
Poverty is another challenge that public schools struggle with. Most of the children who live below the poverty line are found in the U.S public schools. This is because it is only in government-funded schools where they can afford to pay for tuition fee (O’Day, & Smith, 2016).
Finally, U. Public schools largely struggle with family factors. Separation, financial problems, domestic abuse, and other issues attributed to family play a big role in determining how a student behaves in class (O’Day, & Smith, 2016). Most children in public schools undergo such family issues especially because many of them come from economically deprived homesteads.
Consequences to the individual and society
Poverty, classroom size, and family factors experienced in public schools are problematic to individuals and society. For instance, Poverty can cause malnutrition due to lack of adequate food. In that case, a student might not be able to attend school and this leads to increased school drop-out rate (Wool & Reichardt, 2015). Consequently, this can cause elevated levels of crime in society. On the other hand, the size of the classroom largely matters when it comes to one’s academic achievement. As such, a crowded class negatively impacts the student’s performance.
O’Day, J. & Smith, M. (2016). Quality and Equality in American Education: Systemics Problems, Systemic Solutions. The Dynamics of Opportunity in America.
Wool, S., Fermanich, M., & Reichardt, R. (2015). A Review of the Literature on the Effects of Concentrations of Poverty on School Performance and School Resource Needs. Denver, CO: APA Consulting.