Essay on School Choice : Addressing The Education Divide

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School Choice: Addressing the Education Divide
When compared to the rest of the world, the education system in the United States is lagging. When assessed against the education standards of the world, the United States doesn’t rank in the top 10 of most educated countries. Many people find this hard to believe because they know that in the United States, public schools receive government funding and are based academically on how the students perform on standardized tests. Many assume that preparing for these standardized tests will teach students the basic knowledge that they need to become successful adults. Unfortunately, this is not the case.
Public schools are failing to educate students, specifically students that live in low income geographic areas, and students with disabilities. Not only are these students falling behind academically, they are falling behind cognitively and socially. There has been a correlation between quality and schools, “children in above-median quality schools develop their skills substantially faster than those in below-median quality schools. The difference in cognitive development is large and accumulates to 0.17 standard deviations by the end of grade two.” (Borghans, Golsteyn, Zölitz 2015) Quality is determine by the amount of resources the school has available to the students. Low income schools have less resources available to students and would fall under the below-median quality school, while wealthier schools would be considered…

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