A Nation at Risk, Still Essay

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A Nation at Risk, Still SS270 Social Problems August 8, 2011 In 1983 a report came out by The National Commission on Excellence in Education, informing the American public that our educational system was not keeping up with other equally advanced nations and, in fact, was actually behind. This report was called A Nation at Risk: the Imperative for Educational Reform and discusses how the U.S.’s educational system lacks in structure, expectations, time in learning, and teaching (Gardner, 2011). Today we find that we are still behind other advanced nations due to globalization, and technological advances that require young people, of today, to have higher education levels than ever before. Some reasons for America’s dragging behind is due to more job loss, larger classes, fewer programs and higher tuition costs. According to the Los Angeles Times, after an exceptionally ruthless budgeting season, states and school districts across the country have let go of thousands of teachers, elevated college tuition, easy going standards, chopped days off the academic calendar and took away pre-kindergarten and summer school programs (Ceasar., Watanabe., T., & Times, L. A., 2011). Higher education is one of the most effective ways that parents can raise their families’ incomes, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP, 2011). There is clear evidence that higher educational attainment is associated with higher earnings and over the past two decades, parents with less education have been losing economic ground (NCCP, 2011). To explain why America’s school system is failing you have to look at all three of the sociological perspectives. Each perspective snowballs into the next creating a ripple effect that that can be the root cause of many other social issues of today. To look through a functionalists perspective you have to look at why

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