By: Anna Gomenyuk
I believe education is one of the many important things everyone should be entitled to. It should not feel like a privilege, education is something that should be easily attained and accessible to everyone. For children, school is a place where they learn various subjects such as math and history. But it’s more than that too. It’s where they make friends, socialize, participate in different after school activities, and explore who they are. We should want the best for our future generations and do as much as we can to give them the only best. Unfortunately, along with the many inequalities in our society, education is one of them. Instead of trying to fix the school systems, we seem to be doing worse.
Take for example the School District of Philadelphia. Due to the $629 million budget gap, they are cutting programs and laying off staff. They fired around 3,000 staff, making the classrooms bigger, which is sometimes not the best way to learn. Programs such as art and music will be cut as well, along with junior varsity sports teams. Even transportation will be cut! No student should worry about how they will get to school and back home. Special Ed programs and summer schools will also be impacted. This is a nightmare! Students should have as many opportunities as possible but instead they are taking these opportunities away from them.
What these students will be going through is not fair to them. Like the girl in the video said, they are taking their futures away from them. It’s shocking to me how they can do this to students. Instead of upgrading the school system, they are downgrading it, which is just increasing the inequality in education and schools.