A Primer On Social Problems

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Has nature’s method of solving problems time, been successful? Issues persisting for hundreds of years have mostly been solved. However, one issue that has existed ever since its first proper and widespread use is education. The concept of education has not changed much over the past few hundred years. It goes something like this: starting from a certain age, children are required to attend school until they reach a certain age limit. Do all students truly want to attend school until they are considered adults? Forcing all children to participate in school is giving a kitten a shower, it simply does not work. As a student, myself and many other students know that not every pupil thinks like an Isaac Newton. Not every pupil dreams like a Bill …show more content…
The products of voluntary education are simple. Those pupils who do not correctly handle the responsibilities education gives, would not be required to attend. Let me make it clear that the pupils I am describing are those who truly, from their own will, do not care about learning or their future. However, these are not the only pupils in the larger picture. Some students have extreme troubles at home and have jobs which they value more than school. They too may therefore not care much about education. For those of society who believe that voluntary education would give rise to crime rates, think otherwise. As stated in the novel A Primer on Social Problems, “Offending rates are highest in the late teens and early twenties and decline thereafter. Accordingly, people in the 15-24 age range account for about 40 percent of all arrests even though they comprise only about 14 percent of the population” (Barkan, “8.3 Who Commits Crime?”). Also stated by a report from the Alliance for Excellent Education, “The nation could save as much as $18.5 billion in annual crime costs if the high school male graduation rate increased by only 5 percentage points” (“Crime Rates Linked To Educational Attainment, New Alliance Report Finds”). Putting two and two together, it may seem that the opposite of my proposal must be accomplished in order to lower crime rates. …show more content…
This money could easily be saved by the mechanisms of my proposal. As settled previously, no extra funds would be needed to the sector of crimes as they would not increase in rate and could possibly even lower in rates, saving even more capital. In addition, statistics were collected that 86 percent of people age 25 and above were high school graduates (United States Census Bureau). Other statistics collected state that the population of the United States in the year 2014 was 318,857,056 and also that 23.1 percent of persons were under the age of 18 in that same year (United States Census Bureau). By doing calculations, the conclusion is reached that displays 7,870,877,200 US dollars could be saved and put to better use which would otherwise be wasted on non-graduating high schoolers and this is taking into consideration a 29 percent margin of error for

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