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The public education system in the United States has increased dramatically over the last sixty years; however, public funding has not kept pace and has in fact dramatically decreased. Therefore, to maintain the same quality of education (a quality that is essential to our democracy) we need to come together as Americans and agree to increase public funding for education. Former President Barack Obama states, “A world-class education is the single most important factor in determining not just whether our kids can compete for the best jobs but whether America can out-compete countries around the world. America’s business leaders understand that when it comes to education, we need to up our game. That’s why need to work together to put an outstanding education within reach for every American child” (President Barack Obama, July 18, 2011). Despite everyone who sides with Barack Obama, some people are familiar with the current public education system failing, but not everyone agrees on what alternatives should be taken to correct the problem. There are people who believe moving closer to the problems through the government control department of education and a standardized mandated curriculum is the answer. The other side is against it, insisting that if the government gets more involved that would cause more damage than help the problem. Also, there are the people who suppose the parents or the individual should determine their own education. Finally, to come to a consensus or agreement of all the sides, the people are going to have to put down their views of politics, religious beliefs, and personal ideologies, but that is troublesome for some people. According to the article, “U.S. Public Schools Are Not Failing. They’re Among The Best In The World” everyone is aware of U.S. public schools failing. So why does the question: why do we believe that American public schools are doing such a terrible job pop into our brain? That is because the “far-right” policymakers have persuaded the American citizens that it is all true, but it is not. The United States public schools are actually not failing, but that they are ranked with the best countries in the world. The United States has made it their duty to guarantee every child, regardless of what their parents can afford to pay, despite their ability of transportation, despite if they can afford school uniforms, food or even own a home, free access to an education. They even supply an accessible education to children who are here illegally. In addition, comparing to other countries, diversity or in size, that cannot be said or meet the United States ability. In fact, the United States has an advantage over most of the other countries. The United States looks at education differently because education is viewed as a right for every grade, not a privilege. Also, the United States supplies high-quality education, whereas other countries it cannot be found or does not exist. Finally, the United States educates, provides help, and accomplishes more, but yet are criticized unfairly than any system in any country in the world. One example is test scores. Singer claims,”Critics argue that our scores on international tests don’t justify such a claim. But they’re wrong before you even look at the numbers. They’re comparing apples to pears. You simply can’t compare the United States to countries that leave hundreds of thousands of rural and poor children without any education whatsoever. The Bates Motel may have the softest pillows in town, but it’s immediately disqualified because of the high chance of being murdered in the shower” (Singer, 13). This claims that no other country’s school system surpasses the United States in contributing to the free ability to have education for everyone. That alone shows that the United States competes with the best, but that does not mean our public education system fixed. There are more than enough methods on how the U.S. could improve. We are especially segregated by race and class, and the funding formulas are not modern and insufficient. Schools who serve mostly poor students do not have as many resources as those serving the wealthier students. Nonetheless, this is not enough and regardless of our high standards, the quality we provide the students are low and the other countries test scores are even lower.Additionally, some people’s ideas and poverty display that the United States schools have been average. If the above proficient, average, and low students take a test, the lower the test scores will be. For example, poverty. Singer explains, “Living in poverty reduces your access to health care, books, early childhood education and many other factors that increase learning throughout your life. Children from poor families are already more than a year behind those of rich parents on the first day of kindergarten” (Singer, 21). If you only test the wealthier students their scores are likely to be higher and the average of all the students will likely decrease the scores. Evidently, the countries where the poorer students do not receive or have access to education have higher test scores than the United States. By doing that you are not comparing equals because the United States has the highest child poverty rate in the Western hemisphere. The United States includes those students on the tests which has a huge effect on our scores. This is the only way people can use these scores to convince a non-informed group of people that the United States schools are failing.According to the article, “Our public education system is failing” teachers in (kindergarten through twelfth grade) public education are at a dead end. Teachers’ Unions are mainly concerned with self-preservation, continuing wasteful bonuses for union administrators, and applying excessive political influence. Testing companies altogether spent tens of millions lobbying in states and on Capitol Hill from 2009-2014. These politically powerful and established major shares are extremely devoted to maintaining the failing status quo.McNealy claims, “The U.S. is falling behind other countries in test scores across a broad range of subjects and grade levels. Polls show growing public dissatisfaction with everything from school choice, classroom sizes, aging infrastructure, standardized testing, and curriculum. Everyone can criticize our government’s public education system, with justification. Based on any rational review of the facts, it is failing” (McNealy 2). Politics address us with achieving potential, but without discussing particularly how they would actually fix the failing education system because the amount of money on the line is immense. In 2015, the U.S. government spending on education topped $1,435.8 billion, with $788.7 billion for K-12 alone. There are five things that need to be fixed: disband the Department of Education, put an end to public sector unions, invest state and federal money into open educational resources, give the parents choice, and remove tenure. Reforming the public education system in the U.S. is a complex task. Many politicians obtain considerate campaign contributions to ensure the maintenance of the current status quo. In twenty-five states, even teachers who decide not to join the union are required to pay the portion of union dues that go to collective bargaining. Even well-known textbook publishers will not let go of eight billion dollars annually without a say. Childless taxpayers pay into this system, that pays public school teachers’ salaries, which go partially to union dues. Overall, the chances are too high not to fix the public education system.According to the article, “America’s Education System: Failing or Flourishing” an education system is a powerful indicator of a country’s social and economic welfare. A crucial way for a country to provide in every facet of their futures is through public education. The ability for students in other countries to obtain knowledge, do well in school, learn new skills, etc. influence ramifications of an amount to which a country can innovate, advance, and form solutions to some of the most pressing issues in that nation. So this is why many Americans have discussed and tried to advance the status of the United States education system for years.Adeseye argues, “How many young students are being alienated by the education system in the US. A person’s education level, unlike in previous generations in America, is not a strong determinant of future success. He says that “the problem is that the current system of education was designed, conceived, and structured for a different age… the era of the industrial revolution”; he later claims that the “system of education is modeled on the interests and image of industrialization” (Adeseye 13). Basically, children are living in the most intensely stimulating period in history and that they are surrounded with information and easily distracted by technology devices. These students are getting in trouble due to ADHD or ADD because of their lack of focus in the classroom. They place a higher value on the certain aspects of education because of the students’ inability to pay attention.The United States public education systems have increased over six hundred percent since World War II and, between the years of 1950 and 2009, the number of staff members has increased by three hundred percent, and the number of students in public schools has increased by one hundred percent, but academic performance has yet to see improvement. Also, between the years of 1970 and 2000, graduation rates in public high schools have a gradual decline. Adeseye claims, “some researchers do not believe that referring to America’s education system as failing is unfair. America’s socioeconomic status has proved to be burdensome for public schools. By comparing test scores in multiple countries and adjusting for academic resources in different households, these researchers found that disadvantaged American students have made more progress over recent years than those in even some of the highest-ranked countries. They further estimated that the score gap between US students and those in the high-ranking countries adjust for gender, age, parental education, and available academic resources” (Adeseye 9). The United States schools have trouble to sufficiently compare to other countries’ schools because some other countries have different concepts and ideas for education. Also, education funding is an idea that demonstrates crucial differences. State and local governments control United States public schools, but the schools collect funding from the federal government. Unlike public schools, private schools are not federally funded, and as a result, have more accommodations with their fund allocations. I learned that the Public Education System has its strengths and weaknesses. There have been many credible and very helpful resources I have found on this research question. Overall, the United States public education system shows room for growth. There could be more money spent on the curriculum, special needs, etc. I do believe that our public education system should not have our students particularly concerned. Our school provides many opportunities and an abundant amount of resources that further the progress of development and preparation for the future. America spends roughly $500 billion a year on public education in the United States. On average, school districts spend about $10,000 for each individual student. Spending also differs among school districts in the same state and among schools within the same district. All three levels of government – federal, state, and local – contribute to education funding. States typically provide a little less than half of all elementary and secondary education funding. Local governments generally contribute about 44 percent of the total, and the federal government contributes about 13 percent of all direct expenditures. Our country’s future depends crucially on the quality of its schools, yet rather than raising K-12 funding to support proven reforms such as hiring and retaining excellent teachers, reducing class sizes, and expanding access to high-quality early education. Many states have headed in the opposite direction and these cuts weaken schools’ capacity to develop the intelligence and creativity of the next generation of workers and entrepreneurs. This could be a key method for America’s education system to better serve America’s students and the future of America.I believe that the public education system is far from failing. It is rather even with or above other countries public education system. President John F. Kennedy once said, “A child miseducated is a child lost.” I think that quote alone shows that education is very crucial and important for children. If you fairly compare education systems and factor in the equal access the United States provides for all children to an education, the United States system comes out on top. The United States has one of the best public education systems in the world. While many Americans are not as educated as many other people in the world, it is unfair and stereotypical to say that the whole public education system is a “joke” or “failing.” Finally, I think it all depends on the student’s determination to learn no matter what prevents them. I believe that my fellow classmates and I have received a quality education and we should be very appreciative of that.Works CitedAdeseye, Alexander. “America’s Education System: Failing Or Flourishing?” The Odyssey Online, theodysseyonline.com, 8 Nov. 2017, www.theodysseyonline.com/americas-educational-system-failing-or-flourishing.McNealy, Scott. “Our Public Education System ‘Is Failing’: Scott McNealy.” CNBC, CNBC.com, 9 Aug. 2016, www.cnbc.com/2016/08/09/our-public-education-system-is-failing-Scott-Mcnealy-commentary.html.Singer, Steven. “U.S. Public Schools Are Not Failing. They’re Among The Best In The World.” The Huffington Post, TheHuffingtonPost.com, 13 Feb. 2017, www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/us-public-schools-are-not-failing-theyre-among_us_5894e819e4b061551b3dfe51.