Tuesday, March 17, 2015

American Inequality

It's interesting to think about inequality in America. America is known to be the richest, most powerful, and democratic country based on freedom in our planet. However, vast inequalities exist among our society at almost every level of our economy and social structures. Today, in the year 2015, millions of people still yearn for basic principals of equality and dignity. Inequality takes form in an array of shapes. Subpar educational opportunities, modern slavery in our agriculture industries, ignorance in human slavery throughout black markets, and wage differences among blue and white collar workers are just a few. Inequality hits home when I think about the school systems in our country. Why are some schools racially and socio-economically homogeneous in urban districts, while suburban districts more heterogeneous student populations. I wonder what might be the impact of students missing the opportunity to work with classmates that offer linguistic capital, culture awareness, and life experience richness. The repercussions of inequality and segregated schools based on socio-economic and race factors hurt overall academic achievement and career and college readiness. The world human population is not homogeneous. Schools should send a message that inter-connectedness, effective respectful collaboration, and cultural awareness are essential to college and career readiness in the 21st century. As a teacher, I try my best to bring culturally responsive teaching to my classroom, but peer-peer cultural sharing and collaborative structures would be far more beneficial. Many people still talk about race and socio-economic exploitation based mostly on African-American and Latino populations. Impoverished minorities in the American population have been exploited for economic and discriminatory reasons based on ignorance and bias. Schools must fight everyday to give students a chance to prepare themselves academically and personally to rise above the normed statistics and defy deficits and hardships. All children have the capability to grow academically and personally, however limited language exposure, limited educational resources, and limited pro-social instruction can result in the child being far behind in education and socially acceptable behaviors. Schools must have enough financial resources to drive reform programs aimed and designed to target children who come from disadvantaged homes and arrive to school far below grade level. Historically, these kids would be put into intervention, disproportionally put into special education, or be failed. We as a nation owe it to our country's principles, our children, and our future to be proactive in reforming policy, actual school based programming, and demographic zoning of schools to ensure our students have a proper education. Financially, our country spends over $600 billion on the overall military. I wonder if we increased federal funding to title 1 schools and ensuring more heterogeneous populations occur in schools by $10 billion a year, what might be the result? I'm sure the overall future economic impact would be far-reaching and be positive. Globalization and rise of other state superpowers will continue to fuel market competitiveness and call for more stringent educational backgrounds to be considered for a job. The United States of America must take a stand to fight for it's children, it's future, and it's premise of being a beacon of democracy, equality, and freedom. No one can predict who might be the next Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., president, or great innovator. We must treat all our children with the respect and dignity they deserve. We all have a duty to advocate and encourage our community members, politicians, and educational stakeholders to take the responsibility of equality seriously. I am committed to work towards this dream and hope. America must not inevitably fall prey to it's dishonorable past of slavery and disguised equality. We must as a country, push for social change, provide the adequate resources to implement change, and monitor the field to ensure transparency and equality are upheld. Our kids, our future, and our legacy are at stake.

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