Blog Action Day: Inequality

Facebookinstagramsocialtile2-300x300October 16 is #Blog #Action #Day, a day in which thousands of bloggers join together to write on an important subject. The subject this year is Inequality. Inequality, meaning unequal covers a myriad of subjects: Social Injustice, basic human rights, the haves and the have nots, healthcare, politics, education,  racism…

Today I am going to write on the inequality in education, which to me a very scary. Scary because of global competition, scary because of lack of innovation and primarily because lack of education leads to poverty. Poverty leads  to ill health, corruption, terrorism and more taxes, as taxpayers continue to pick up the bills for those in need.

The problem is the disparity of education among the lower income. Schools are generally funded by taxes, which means in the wealthier areas, schools get more add that to the many teachers don’t want to work in bad areas. What do you get?

Lower income students have less opportunities to learn, less resources available and more challenges and discrimination.

  • Racial minorities are more likely than white students to be suspended from school, to have less access to rigorous math and science classes, and to be taught by lower-paid teachers with less experience, according to data  by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.
  • Black students are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students. A quarter of high schools with the highest percentage of black and Latino students do not offer any Algebra II courses, while a third of those schools do not have any chemistry classes. Black students are more than four times as likely as white students — and Latino students are twice as likely — to attend schools where one out of every five teachers does not meet all state teaching requirements 
  • 10 million students in America’s poorest communities are “having their lives unjustly and irredeemably blighted” by an education system that assigns them low-performing teachers, run-down facilities and low academic expectations and opportunities. (Source)
  • A link between college achievement and social mobility for the poorest families. “While there is a 45 percent chance that a child born into a poor family will remain [poor] as an adult, chances of staying poor drops to 16 percent if that child finishes college,” (Source)
  • Dropout rates of 16 to 24-years-old students who come from low income families are seven times more likely to drop out than those from families with higher incomes. (Source)
  • More than 30 million children are growing up in poverty. In one low-income community, there was only one book for every 300 children. You can improve literacy rates by running a competitive book drive for low-income areas.

All of that leads to the following figures  According to a study conducted  by the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute of Literacy,

  • 32 million adults in the U.S. can’t read. (14% of the population)
  • 21% of adults in the U.S. read below a 5th grade level, and
  • 19% of high school graduates can’t read.

Each of us has the power to change our educational system. We each have voice, we each as part of a one man army can make a difference. The difference is not just in money. Many of us have the time to donate our skills to schools, many of us have resources to donate to under privileged schools. Many of us have job opening or internships to help lead our disadvantaged youth out of their educational quagmire.  

As each of us goes forward, think about what each of us can do to solve inequality on our schools, one kid at a time.