The Importance Of Education In Education

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Excitedly, Mark, a first-grade student, sprints through the doors of his school, beaming with joy for his first day of class. As he finds his classroom, he imagines what it will be like now as a “Big Kid”. He turns to hang his backpack and finds all the hooks are filled. Classmates shuffle past him, placing their things on the floor. He simply follows suit. As the morning bell tones, the students scramble to find a desk. He has trouble navigating the numerous rows of desks squeezed into the little first-grade classroom. He finds there are none left. Mrs.Green, his teacher, sighs deeply, then asks the janitor for a folding chair. “This is all we have right now, you will have to share a desk.” As the day continues, Mrs.Green hands out the spelling …show more content…
Mark’s experience with cramped classrooms and meager learning supplies at an early age may cause him to lose interest in his education. Lisa, unable to fulfill her intellectual needs with expressive courses, may lose her morale and enthusiasm, as well as, opportunities for an enriched education in college. Considering the numerous negative impacts of inadequate funding, schools should realize, change must be made. Randi Weingarten, the President of the American Federation of Teachers states “If we don 't help our kids now, we will lose a generation of kids at the same exact time as they need schools to change to help them”(Associated Press). A school 's main purpose is to educate children, in anticipation of a bright future; obviously, change is needed. Though inadequate school funding can hinder a student 's future achievements, solutions exist to ensure that students are educated …show more content…
School funding, as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder wrote in 2011, “Should be based upon academic growth and not just whether a student enrolls and sits at a desk”(Snyder 4). Education is in place to expand a student 's knowledge and propel them into the real world. When funding is based on enrollment, instead of academic growth and success, educators are left absolved for the outcomes of their students, leading to poor grades and dropout situations. In an article from Governing, Vice President of Jobs for the Future states “ ‘There’s a sense that we shouldn’t just fund institutions for getting people to sit in seats briefly; we should fund them for succeeding and moving people forward’ ”(“Massachusetts”). Performance-based funding would give teachers an incentive to improve test scores and invest more time in their students. This would promote higher test scores, as well as, improve graduation rates. In an article from St. Joseph News-Press, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon states "’We want more knowledge invested in the classroom, instead of being spent on overhead and administration’"(Myers). The implementation of performance-based funding would put all schools on the same playing field, making the opportunity for more funding fair. Fuerstenau, Superintendent of the Taylorville School District emphasizes “A student 's zip code

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