American Schools Essay examples

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American Schools in Crisis American schools have a big problem on their hands and that would be keeping kids in the classroom. Year after year students are failing to graduate and deciding to drop out of school. The reasons for this are far and in-between, but actions need to be taken so that this no longer happens. Staying in school is the only way to success unless you are extremely lucky. Higher levels of education can only help you in your future. As little fun as school is students need to fight their way through because there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That shining light is a bright future with success in anything you want. The dropout rates over the years have seen little or no movement in numbers. Students are …show more content…
On the other hand if a student is showing no effort and not showing up they shouldn't be rewarded by moving to the next grade. But hopefully the thought of just trying as hard as they can will motivate them enough to stay in school. The first step towards success is identifying the problem, and this problem has been identified by many. The reason for people beginning to see the problem is because of the staggering numbers. "Over recent years researchers are saying that one in every three public high school students are dropping out of school and this only grows higher if you are a minority jumping from 33 percent to nearly 50 percent"(Thornburgh). These numbers only grow higher and higher as you reach certain geographic areas in the United States. For example, Jonathan Kozol speaks on this topic in piece of writing titled Savage Inequalities. He writes from a high minority high school set in the middle of the Bronx. The students attending this high school aren't the brightest kids, yet they should still be in school trying to excel. In this story Kozol gives us staggering information that he found:
"The class of 1998 began with 465 students who were classified as entering ninth grade in 1994. Of these only 66 received diplomas in 1998, 120 did not graduate but remained enrolled, 54 were listed as dropouts and 225 were listed as discharged"(Kozol 340).

The schools that are in the rough areas need to try even harder than the rest of the society. The

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