This essay reports the state of urban and rural educational development in public schools, while also focusing on New Orleans public education system. In the literature, we explore factors both internal and exclusive as well as factors external and inclusive that contribute to the quandaries of K-12 education in America. To be clear public education as a whole is not in crisis. Children in more affluent school districts gain a comparative advantage over their impoverished peers because they have strong investments tied to the communities overall success. In turn, these children are able to go further with more resources readily available to them. However, children in less affluent school districts face serious educational shortcomings due to little investment in the beggared communities surrounding the school.
It is more accurate to say that America has two systems of public education. The first system, based principally, but not entirely in the suburbs of America and in wealthier urban districts, is in many respects mediocre, specifically in comparison to international peers in advanced industrial nations. However, the second system, based principally in poorer urban and rural areas, is an absolute failure; in which an exceeding number of students dropout well before high school graduation. An astounding number of students receive high school diplomas that do not certify academic confidence in basic subjects. An outstanding number of students are unprepared for the world of employment. An incredible number of students are unprepared to matriculate to institutions of higher education or advanced training.
In this essay, I shall focus on the small yet significant aspect of this educational crisis beyond class inequality: the specific forms of low-income oppression. It is important to stress that one can more fully understand this part only in light of the whole crisis, and that one’s whole crisis should be shaped by one’s grasp of this part. Therefore, identifying the causes of poor performance in urban and rural school districts, there are a number of things to consider.
My strategy in this essay will be as follows. First, I will examine briefly the impact low-income families have on public education. Second, I shall point out the distinctive strengths and weaknesses of New Orleans schools as it relates to my analytical perspective. Lastly, I will argue in favor of traditional schools in K-12 public education and that there is no long-term solution for solving educational inequalities.
II. Education & Low-Income Families
To start the cards are already stacked against parents in our materialistic and individualistic age. At the heart of the matter is the fact that from a purely economic standpoint, raising a child has become the ultimate nonmarket activity as a various types market logic have moved against parents. Adults have never viewed children solely or even primarily financial assets, but through...