Poverty And Its Effects On Poor Teachers And / Or Lack Of Funding

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America is a nation its people are proud of. Those people think it is the best at everything. In the last couple of decades, however, the United States has witnessed itself slide backwards in the areas of equality, prosperity, and education. Many would ask how the U.S. could possibly be failing to educate its students. The U.S. spends more money per student than any other developed nation. Yet American high school students have posted average to subpar performances in math and science testing for years now. What could be the problem? Many put the blame on poor teachers and/or lack of funding. While both are issues that can, indeed, affect a quality education, neither seem to be the main cause. Especially, as it is already been established that the U.S. spends more than any other nation and that solution has not produced results. Most seem to think that poverty is the number one problem. According to Oliver Thomas of USA Today, when we break the results of the PISA by school, while almost half of U.S. students live in poverty, U.S. schools with poverty rates of less than 20 percent scored better than every other nation that participates in the assessment. There is much evidence to support that students who live in poverty perform worse in schools, but what is American poverty? How can it be affecting the education of a nation that is among the most prosperous in the world? If teachers are to blame, what could be causing them to fail? What if neither, poverty, nor poor…

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