The Public School System Is The Premise Of Progress Essay

2330 Words Dec 5th, 2016 10 Pages
Kofi Annan, the seventh Secretary-General of the United nations once said, “Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” Kofi Annan has seen firsthand how an education can change the life of those who live from day to day in his countless hours of service in places such as Nigeria, East Timor, Lebanon and the African Union. And while his comments pertain to the people who he encountered while working in third world countries, his comments can be applied to America. The public school system was once the pride of our country, but now fails to prepare children for a life after school. The public school system is underfunded for the children without money, understaffed for the children who need special attention and under appreciated by families who need it most. Not only has it failed to educate children, thus not preparing them for their lives ahead, but it also perpetuates the cycle of poverty. The worst injustice however, is that without an education these people will never even know that they were cheated out of a better life and they have a voice to change the system that is currently rigged against them. The public education system fails to provide an equal education because in the public education system not all students have the same resources. Resources including; properly funded schools, family involvement, and proper benchmarks to evaluate student readiness.
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