The Achievement Gap in America is a very real and very prevalent problem. You might be motivated to look for a solution out of the goodness of your heart because of the egregious unfairness of it all. However, many Americans turn a blind eye because the county that they live in, the schools their children go to, are high preforming. It does not affect them so why should it matter?
The Achievement Gap affects us all, whether we realize it or not. Some of the consequences are crystal clear. One such example would be the economic impact (Click here to view NAEP). Low achieving, lower income schools have a harder time retaining teachers. These schools usually end up having poor instructors, sometimes rewarded a emergency license just to have enough teachers. The students are impacted because they are not getting research based, best practices instruction. Their standardizes tests plummet.
What does the federal government do about it? Pour money into it. The US spent $1 trillion dollars on education in the 2016 fiscal year. That’s 15% of the US total spending. We spent more on education then we did on defense (Click here for government spending figures). That money comes straight from the American’s tax dollars.
This video discusses how we are underutilizing the human potential we have in America. Have you ever heard the quote “What if the cure for cancer was locked in the mind of someone who couldn’t afford an education?” This is the same type of predicament. What if the cure for cancer, the answer to world hunger, to world peace was trapped in the mind of someone that just wasn’t even awarded the education a White American was rewarded.
We are disserving the American children. These children are not able to reach their full potential. Drop out rates abound. Then these kids, once they are adults are the same people who are reliant on social programs to live. The people are using tax dollars their whole life just to get by because they did not get access to the education that was owed to them. If Americans didn’t have to pay for the gap the economic benefits would be unpatrolled.