America Needs Prioritizing

Children are our future. They may be future presidents, icons, and leaders. So why is their education so easily thrown on the back burner? Educational justice should be something that is on everyone’s minds. There should be constant efforts to give every child opportunity, and opportunity begins with knowledge and education. Furthermore, significant effort is needed to keep this opportunity from the constrained of fore comers financial standing and class.

America is consciously making the decision to abandoned education to support big business. According to the article “Poverty and Education” corporations including (but not limited to) Bank of America, Exxon-Mobil, Wells Fargo, Google, and General Electric paid little or no federal taxes in 2009 “thus keeping $222.7 billion out of the federal coffers. According to a report by the National Education Association, $9.8 billion of these lost revenues would have gone to public colleges and schools, adding 100,000 jobs in public education and giving 400,000 poor children the chance to enroll in preschool.”

According to Leonard Vogt, “The real 21st-Centruy problem in public education is poverty.” Educational justice does not live in a vacuum. It is manipulated and changed by other forces. Poverty is one social justice, which is strongly entwined with educational justice. According to Vogt, who references (www.nationofchanae.org. November 11, 2013), a study in October 2013 “indicates that poverty, which has long been the biggest obstacle to educational achievement, is …our true 21st century problem.” The article tells that this aspect of educational justice must be addressed first or no other attempts will help. Vogt furthers this perspective by telling, “economic inequality within the educational structure also contributes to the problem of poverty within education. For example, the top 16 New York City charter school executives earn more than the NYC School Chancellor, in some cases twice as much.” Vogt goes on to describe in statistical detail the pay that college presidents receive, which is rising exponentially (2015).

According to F’abio D. Waltenberg “a reasonable normative goal in terms of educational justice consists of equalizing opportunities for achieving essential educational outcomes.” By saying this Waltenberg is describing that educational justice can be achieved by giving everyone equal opportunity. Equal opportunity is at the heart of educational justice, and often-social justice as a whole.

One example of an attempt to fix educational inequalities was President Johnson’s Head Start program that he enacted during his “War on Poverty.” The program begun in 1965, and today “serves over 800,000 children in predominantly part-day programs, almost 50 percent of eligible three and four year old children” (Currie, 2001). Other programs include the “Houston Parent Child Development Center” (Johnson and Walker 1991), which offers home visits, full day childcare, and center-based programs for parents. A similar program is “The Milwaukee Project”, which offers full day childcare and job/academic training for mothers. Another helpful educational program is the “Early Training Project”, which offers home visits and summer part-day preschool programs.

Education is so mal funded that it is especially difficult for financially challenged parents to give their children a good education. This is why my App will focus on helping these parents identify activities and recourses (such as the programs previously mentioned) that will help their children to learn and grow in a positive way.

Waltenberg, D. F’abio. Educational Justice as Equality of Opportunity for Achieving Essential Educational Outcomes. (2006). Universite Catholique de Louvain. 1-49. Retrieved from https://www.uclouvain.be/cps/ucl/doc/etes/documents/DOCH_157_(Waltenberg).pdf

Curry, Janet. Early Childhood Education Programs. (2001). The Journal of Economic Perspectives. American Economic Association. 15. 213-238. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.libproxy.temple.edu/stable/2696599?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents

“Poverty and education.” (2015) Radical Teacher Spring 56. Academic OneFile. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA291352883&v=2.1&u=temple_main&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w&asid=10bc2a45fb642579c9b978b2b40b70d5

EDUCATION, JUSTICE, & DEMOCRACY. (2013). Harvard Educational Review, 83(3), 529-531. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1434423468?accountid=14270

Vogt, Leonard. “Education and poverty.”(2015) Radical Teacher 68. Academic OneFile. Retrieved from

http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CA368676633&v=2.1&u=temple_main&it=r&p=AONE&sw=w&asid=f1a4164b10ad73a13d327105e06c6d43

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