The Current State Of The United States ' Education System And Evaluate The Impacts Of Different Policies On Marginalized

1930 Words Nov 29th, 2016 8 Pages
After years of civil unrest during the Civil Rights Movement, President Lyndon B. Johnson set out on an ambitious goal: eliminate racial injustice and end poverty. In 1964, Johnson passed a massive set of policy proposals known as “The Great Society,” to that end. In a speech promoting the policies he made a bold statement, “Poverty must not be a bar to learning, and learning must offer an escape from poverty.” Yet over 50 years later, wide disparities still exist in the United States’ education system among various economic and racial groups. Though many policies have since been instituted to address these differences since, few have worked to achieve progress in this area. In this paper we will explore the current state of the United States’ education system and evaluate the impacts of different policies on marginalized communities. Alongside looking at policies, we will work to explore structural and cultural impacts on educational results. To begin to understand the significance of the enduring inequalities, it is beneficial to start with their outcomes before diagnosing the myriad issues plaguing the system. One of the most damning indictments of the system can be found by looking deeply at the statistics surrounding graduation rates. Both liberals and conservatives alike have celebrated rising graduation rates in recent years. In fact, graduation rates are over up over 80 percent for the first time in the history of the American education system according to…

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