This blog post is to extend and clarify some of the points of information or details listed by a recent post. It is intended to add supplemental information to further push the meaning of education reform or educator training for future students and teachers.
“Previously, the US faced a problem of education gap between black and white where American-African children could not receive the same opportunities as white people. The problem seems to be resolved gradually as in the data published in 2012, the ability of black children in reading and mathematics has increased by around 50% from the previous 40 years.”
— This point is not only true for African -American students, but for many underprivileged populations, students with disabilities, and learning deficits. The statistic with increased proficiency is also a nice highlight, but misses on the range of time education has also improved over the last 40 years, never mind the last decade or previous 5 years.
“To have a better career path, someone is required to have a higher education. For this problem, higher education is mandatory for them to get higher salaries and more facilities. Unfortunately, tuition fees are still quite high for various reasons. For this, it makes sense to say that only rich people have the opportunity for better education and a better future.”
— This point is also a true factor to many schools in the United States. Education is predominantly geared towards higher education and beyond. The educational standard belief of a four year degree has saturated the job market and has ebbed towards more advanced degrees and practices. “In its most recent survey of college pricing, the College Board reports that a moderate college budget for an in-state public college for the 2017–2018 academic year averaged $25,290. A moderate budget at a private college averaged $50,900.” (Collegedata.com) These price costs are not necessarily a hurdle for populations with lesser resources, it does mean that obtaining higher GPAs, recommendations, merit, community support, and most importantly family backing are some of the variables that could over come the price tag of a college degree and pursue a future that leads to employment needing certifications, degrees, and affiliations.
“Those gap problems in the US’ education have many impacts on both students and teachers. The government and all of the people in this country must put some efforts. Therefore, students and all people involved in education get fairness in all aspects for a better future through educational reform ideas that increase social emotional learning. Sure, it is indeed for a factor; the form of education is mostly definitely inadequate and in need of a major overhaul.”
— Aside from social emotional learning, there are many organizations, schools, and group advocates that promote best practices for all of their constituents towards bridging the gap of education through multiple supports within a school community. They can be in a form of early intervention processes, restorative justice, meditation and mindfulness, physical education, health education, professional development for teachers geared to more applicable methods and strategies for all students. I have listed some of the strategies on a different blog page found here.
Making a change in education is not a simple equation that transpires high scores, deep learning, and developing students over night. A community that builds it’s foundation through multiple avenues of support for its children would fair much better to communities that only relies on one. An old saying , “It takes a village to raise a child” is forever true and even more so in today’s fast paced living norms.