Serious Challenges Facing Public Education Today

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Serious Challenges Facing Public Education Today Not many would argue about the importance of excellence in education. Problems such as teacher attrition, lack of parent involvement, and teaching high-stakes testing may hinder progress in education. They are only a few of many major issues facing American education, and educators are challenged to do everything in their power to conquer them. An education is a indispensable and essential tool, and it’s important to get our students to value their education. An education can open doors to opportunities that would have never been possible were it not for the education and preparation that one received while in school. With the fluctuating economy and hesitant times, it is more important than ever for our nation’s children to receive the proper education and training that will allow them to acquire a good job and produce the revenue needed to live. Unfortunately, there are many problems facing our education system today, and several of them are having negative effects on the quality of the education our students are receiving. It is our duty as educators to try our very best to work through these problems, solve them if at all possible, and still provide our students with the best possible education. One such problem that is attacking the education system in America is the alarming attrition rate of teachers. Only those not involved with education at all will argue that it is an undemanding profession; in actuality, it is a very demanding profession with an often overwhelming amount of pressure and responsibility tied to it. However, it can also be a very rewarding profession. Unfortunately, many teachers simply cannot overcome the immense responsibilities well enough to stick with the profession for any length of time. Jalongo and Heider (2006) present staggering statistics in their article, saying that forty-six

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