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The Need for Reform In The American Public High School Education System

December 17, 2019 by admin  
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The Need for Reform In The American Public High School Education System

By Maya Demontreux

One of the most important reasons why the modern public high school system in America does not effectively benefit its students is its inability to prepare students with the tools they need for success in the future. According to a survey by Youthtruth.org, only 46% of high schoolers feel what they’re learning in class helps them outside of school. In addition from another survey by youthtruth, only a mere 44.8% of high school students feel positively about their college and career readiness. So what are schools doing wrong? It’s not a lack of college centered resources for students, but rather what is actively taught in the classroom that is impacting students the most. The school system has had relatively little growth since its start in the early 20th century. Students went to school as apart of a growing era of general reform and societal advancement in the U.S. According to a statistic by the Office of Education, in 1910, only 8.8% of students graduated high school. Between this time and 1940, this number jumped to 50.8%. This sudden raise was the result of new compulsory schooling laws and a new culture more inclined to educate its youth to reflect the new commercial American economic boom. There was a larger need more than ever for skilled workers, those who were cooperative, easy to teach, and machine like. This is the kind of person public schooling was meant to create. However, as times have changed and socio-economic classes have shifted, now most students do not graduate high school to become workers; they go to college. According to The Bureau of Labor in 2016, 69.7% of students graduated high school and went to college. This shows that the priorities of graduating students have greatly changed…


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