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Education: School Systems Are Damaging Students

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The United States Department of Education has been around since 1979. Since 1979, the department of education has helped the American People by offering free education to its citizens. With that free education, the American People have gotten tools they needed to be productive and successful in a global economy. Despite the department of education past, the department is currently screwing up a plethora of things, and needs to be enhanced. Initially, local school districts are eliminating recess. Weekly Reader revealed:
Approximately 40 percent of elementary schools in the United States have eliminated one or more recess periods or are in the process of eliminating recess, according to the ...view middle of the document...

"It's like people at the water cooler during a coffee break. People just need some down time."[ "No Recess Is Bad for Kids, Critics Say." USA TODAY. Nov. 30 1998: n.p. SIRS Discoverer. Web. 07 Feb. 2014.] After the down time, the people will be rejuvenated and ready to go back to work.
Moreover, local school districts have a zero tolerance policy. In September 2000, school officials suspended eleven year old Ashley Smith from school for ten days. What possible could an eleven-year could do to get suspended for eleven days? Maybe she got into a fight, or maybe she brought s gun to school? No, little Ashley brought a Tweety bird key chain to class. The key chain was about 9 inches long.???. “Recently, the American Bar Association (ABA), an organization of lawyers, called for an end to all zero-tolerance policies in schools”.” The ABA stated that zero-tolerance rules fail to consider the circumstances of each case or to take into account a student's history”.[SIRS Discoverer]The zero tolerance policy is outrageous. What if a student who never got into trouble before breaks the rules, should they get the same punishment? What if a student truly did not know a certain policy just, like Ashely Smith with a key chain, what consequences should be brought up? Based on the zero tolerance policy, the students will get the same consequences and it will be on their permanent record causing the majority of the students to miss an opportunity to receive an advantage in life. A student could have a full ride scholarship to Harvard University, but had to decline the scholarship since based on their record, they did not meet the requirements. “Advocates of zero-tolerance policies, however, say that such rules safeguard against tragedies such as the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School in Colorado--where two students killed 15 people, including themselves”.[SIRS Discoverer] Zero tolerance policy does not safe guard against tragedies, tragedies are inevitable. The only thing we can control is how we respond to tragedies. Zero tolerance policies are not the solution. [Hawes, J. H. n. page. . ]Besides the fact that local school districts are eliminating recess, which is ridiculous and local school districts are implementing a zero tolerance policy, which makes zero sense. Local school districts are doing something that one might not even think of. Imagine if you had a son and a daughter. Your son name is Joe and your daughter name is Chrystal. Joe classes consist of home economics, physical education, health and fitness, and reading. Chrystal classes consist of science, Spanish, team sports and math. Joe and Chrystal go to school every day so they can be the best they can, and be successful in life, right? Is that not why they ride on the school bus in the morning? No, nowadays it seems like they hop on the school bus to get their innocent exploited and to get their childhood taken from them...

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