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Abrar Adeel Soc 101 Prof David Kutzik Public Education in the United States programs of instruction offered to children adolescents and adults in the United States through schools and colleges operated by state and local governments Unlike the nationally regulated and financed education systems of many other industrialized societies American public education is primarily the responsibility of the states and individual school districts The national system of formal education in the United States developed in the 19th century It differed from education systems of other Western societies in three fundamental respects First Americans were more inclined to regard education as a solution to various social problems Second because they had this confidence in the power of education Americans provided more years of schooling for a larger percentage of the population than other countries Third educational institutions were primarily governed by local authorities rather than by federal ones When I read Kozols Savage Inequalities I had to change my mind completely The real numbers provided in the book opened my eyes to the plethora of problems that are facing the US school districts today The problems that are being experienced by the school districts are due to a variety of reasons One of the most important one described in the book is of the social status of children attending the schools and the districts Public schools have also relied heavily on local property taxes to meet the vast majority of school expenses American schools have thus tended to reflect the educational values and financial capabilities of the communities in which they are located When students move from one community to another they often encounter entirely different curriculums even though they are in the same grade Even within a given school district different neighborhoods often contain very different public schools This has created a growing disparity a mong the school districts The wealthy townships have better school systems than the poor townships The poor school
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