The pandemic exposed many issues that lie deep within the public education system.
However, schools are now at a tipping point after the election of President Joe Biden and the Democratic party.
Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been wiggling its way into our school system for years now but, under the Biden Administration, it has fully been let off its leash.
With Covid forcing teaching and meetings to be held virtually, many parents are beginning to realize the dire state that the public education system currently finds itself in; with questionable members on school boards to hypocritical teachers, the glaring flaws of this system are there for everyone to see.
The root issues
An overarching question in this debate is the comparison between the quality of the institution and the quality of family life for the students.
Carroll Independent School District, which is the home of the Southlake school community, offers an insight into how family life is far more important than the quality of the school and the money they receive.
This Dallas suburb is a very wealthy part of Texas, with households earning around $200,000 a year.
This is significant as, given the money that has been made available, the schooling system is still failing the students.
Only 80% of students in the district achieved or exceeded the grade-level standards in math and any other reading standardized assessment, according to the Texas Academic Performance Report.
This is an improvement on the state average of 45%, yet, given the resources made available in the wealthy district, it’s a pretty poor showing.
Another example of this comes from Loudoun County, Virginia, home to the ‘wealthiest school district in America.’
There is more money per capita than any other school district in the country, yet their average annual results are average at best.
So, school districts that have a vast amount of resources available to them are still lacking in annual results, why is that?
The issues of Critical Race theory being taught in schools is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the issues that the public education system faces.
So, who is to blame then if throwing money at the system isn’t working?
Is it the teachers?
Highly unlikely, as many teachers are extremely dedicated to their profession and to helping their students learn and grow as people.
Yet, there are still some who fall below standards, mainly those who refused to teach until they were vaccinated against Covid, putting the education of millions of kids at risk, after an already terrible year.
It’s possible for great teachers to exist in a poor system, and that poor system doesn’t do them justice.
Realistically, a school can only be as good as the attending students, and that is a fact that so many schools up and down the country face.
The education standards remain the same, but the family teachings that the students go through whilst at school affect their work rate and mentality.
You can swap the kids at the best ‘grade average’ school in the country with the kids at the worst grade average school in the country; the school that used to be the best would become the worst and vice versa, regardless of funding.
Kids being stuck at home for a year is going to have a detrimental impact on the education system, as funding of schooling no longer matters to an extent, it’s all about the family life of the student involved.