In Tuesday’s blog, I discussed some of the bright points in education. So, I thought that I’d follow up with what I see are some of the major challenges facing public schools.
Technorati reported last fall that 22 percent of the children in the U.S. live at or below poverty level. In 17 states, low-income students now comprise the majority of public school students. We know that students living at or below poverty level tend to have the highest dropout rates. When students do not get enough food or sleep, they are less likely to perform at their full academic potential.
Bullying is not a new problem, but it is one that has a profound impact on the learning aptitude of many students today. Unfortunately, technology, through social networking, texting and other virtual interactions has brought even more opportunities for bullying.
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S., and the same poor eating habits that led to the obesity problem may also be contributing to lower student achievement. Obesity also increases a student’s risk for other conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure. This can result in higher absenteeism which leads to other academic issues.
We as communities face many challenges with public education. Now is the time for educators, parents and lawmakers to come together and begin to find solutions.
Our future is our children…teach them well!