The Cost of the Educational Environment

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Education, in it’s modern form here in the USA, is supported by the work of school staff members and the taxation of citizens. During the beginning of the US, a goal was set to educate and provide somewhat equal opportunities to residents of the country. For generations, this ideal has been properly kept. Thanks to industrialization, schools have had the resources necessary to introduce kids to new material. Recently, however, a series of budget cuts combined with the increase of prices for scholastic supplies has created an educational environment in the US that is beginning to fall behind.

In the current decade, the US spends more money per student than any other country. At around $7700 dollars annually for every school aged student, we spend about 25% more money then the next highest contender, the UK, at $5,800. This sizeable difference is further exaggerated by our total educational spending, at about $800 billion, in comparison to other top competitors reasonable ~$150 billion.

It would make sense for our large budget to correlate to more successful students, but that isn’t the case. While the US does have a good literacy rate, our children’s scores in Math and Science are below the worlds average. The amount that we pay to properly educate our students just doesn’t seem to help us much, statistically.

In response to criticism and other focuses, our schools have been receiving budget cuts. There has been plenty of debate about whether the cuts themselves are the reasoning for the low test scores, or the educational system that we have. As prices only continue to increase, it becomes a worthy point to consider; Should we, as a nation, focus on a more efficient, less money driven educational process, or continue to profit from the gains we have grown comfortable with regarding our schools?

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