Kids' Education

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Kids' education remains one of the cornerstones of policy-making in this country. The Department of Education, which has been in operation since 1980, is endowed with some 54 billion dollars to allocate in meeting the curricular demands of the nation's schools, teachers, and students. It is the role of the Education Department to ensure that all children get off to a good start in life by having access to clean, safe, and effective schools.

The problem is, in the past, nobody has been willing to step up and accept responsibility for policy failures in kids' education. It's widely known that most inner-city schools, especially in impoverished neighborhoods with nonexistent tax bases, are turning out functionally illiterate kids, the bulk of whom never even make it to graduation. Where in this scenario is the promise of education that our leaders have made? Does the blame rest squarely on the shoulders of legislators and other elected officials? Hardly.

Parents Are the Key to Kids' Education

Even the most vocal advocates of the public schooling system in this country acknowledge the crucial role that parents play in their kids' education. Without proper guidance and supervision in the home, students may just as soon struggle in vain with concepts and principles that should be easy to grasp. The question is, who or what can step in to make up the shortfall between a child's skills and his or her expected skills at that age or grade?

If parents lack the education themselves to help steer their children in the right direction, the school must be prepared to step in and take control of its students' futures. Often, this means spending more time one on one with kids in need, either playing learning games or practicing problem sets through endless drilling. This can only happen in isolated instances, though. There simply aren't enough resources to accommodate institutional illiteracy and pervasive failure from subject to subject.

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