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"Educational System"

High school is a place where you grow up physically and mentally. In high school

you begin as freshmen and graduate as a senior. Throughout that span of life a lot happeneds, and you are constantly learning as you grow. But I know many high schools including mine are not perfect and have flaws in their educational system, that can be fixed in order to provide a better environment for learning. Learning is a never ending process that we draw from our personal experiences. Although Americans believe in our educational system, there seems to be many problems that we are not aware of that have a negative effect on our students as a whole.

One problem that the educational system faces is the obstacle between school and life. Schools need to break down the barrier in order to connect, going to school to learn and living your life. The students should be told that learning doesn't stop after the bell rings or it is time to go it is happening all the time. In "School Is Bad For Children", John Holt states, "'You come to school to learn', we tell him, as if the child hadn't been learning before, as if living were out there and learning were in here, and there is no connection between the two" (34). I think schools sometimes play a role of being separate from life because they enforce the rule of 'you come to school to learn' and that is it. Children come to school curious to learn with other people, particularly other children, but when the school teaches them to be indifferent they lose interaction with

the world. Holt explains, "You might say that school is a long lesson in how to turn yourself off, which may be one of the reasons why so many young people, seek the awareness of the world and responsiveness to it they had when they were little, think they can only find it in drugs" (35). Making the student disconnect from the real world, meaning life, allows the students to believe that drugs are ok, which is bad. School and living is a connecting subject because you are living your life while attending school, which can affect the way you are learning. Problems and other situation that are happening in your life can make you lose focus, which affects the way you learn. Letting school and learning connect will break the barrier and create a better environment for students to function. Going to school to learn is not free, like any other thing in the world it needs financial resources.

Another problem that the educational system is faced with is money. Public schools lack funding, so vouchers will help the students and parents make a better decision on what route the student should take regarding schooling. The proper funding to public schools will help better our educational system in order to give the students the best educational resources that they need. In "Hon. Philip M.Crane in the House of Representatives" Crane writes, "The average Washington, D.C. kid might not be able to afford the $10,600 tab at Sidwell Friends when the average voucher would be around $3,750. But that does not mean that the voucher could not be used for a less expensive private, parochial, or public school" (2). This shows that the government will no longer tell poor families where they must send their kids to school. Also students and parents, serious about education, will have the opportunity to go to a better school. Private schools offer a good education that is effective. Crane states, "They know, as do the Clintons, that private education works. The fact that so many private school exist in the face of completion from 'free' public school is prima facie proof of their success" (2). This shows that a person who happens to live in a bad school district should not be forced to get a bad education, if they wanted to go ahead. Having this choice means that all those students that want to achieve something will have that chance. If we were to adopt the voucher



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