The Pros And Cons Of Education In The United States

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In the United States, education is provided by the public, private or home schools. The public school education standards in every state are set by the state government and are also controlled by individual school districts. This is done through standardized tests for K- 12 grades. But the real meaning of public education is truly a puzzle as it has different meanings when it comes to different people. According to Galston in his article, Is there a crisis?,“ There are two public educational systems: The first of them is based principally, though not entirely, in the suburbs of this country and [in] some of the wealthier urban jurisdictions and districts. The second system of public education, which is based principally in poorer urban and rural areas, is indeed in crisis” (Galston, William). He also states, “I think that we are doing fabulously as an economy, in part because we're bringing a lot of brilliant immigrants from abroad, for whom there are plenty of opportunities in the American economy because we're not growing our own” (Galston, William).…show more content…
As Gale states in, “Education would not only make Americans better citizens but also better parents, workers, and religionists” (Gale, Thomson). Thomas Jefferson was the first American leader who gave the idea of free schools and created the basis of the public education system which developed in the 19th century. Initially, the individual states had more power than the federal government in relation to authority over public education system but over the years, each one of the states formed the department of education. Since public education system depends majorly on property taxes to fund all the school expenses, American schools have always shown the educational values and financial capabilities of the neighborhood in which they reside in (Thattai,

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