Racial Inequality In Education Essay Writing

Education is one of the broadest subject matters a student will be lucky enough to write an essay on due to the wide range of topics you can choose from as well as the large body of work or research materials available for your reference purposes. And to simplify your task even more, this article will serve as a user guide on choosing a topic as well as provide 20 sample topics you can choose from and to round it all up, one of the provided topics will also be expatiated and drafted in such a way that each section of the expanded topic will provide you with a guide on how to go about drafting yours.

First and foremost, before delving into the article, it is important to introduce what the topic is about and why it is important we write about issues on the subject matter. So, education—either formal or informal — is the acquisition of knowledge, beliefs, values and habits. Obviously, there are numerous ways to acquire these knowledge values etc. but were problems may arise is the process of acquiring these knowledge. And this is how most of the topics on this list come about, they either include, sort the issues or discussing them.

  1. Making a Case for Educational Disparities and Racial Inequalities in the United States
  2. Comparing and Contrasting the Education Policies between Public Schools in America’s Wealthy and Poorer Districts
  3. The State of U.S Education: Still Separate and Unequal
  4. Status and Trends in the Education of Racial and Ethnic Groups in the United States
  5. How Does your Social Class Affect the Quality of your Education
  6. The Connection between Education and Wealth
  7. Economic Inequality: The Growing Wealth Gap between Rich and Poor Students
  8. Girl’s Education and Gender Inequality
  9. Education and Gender Equality: The United States Perspective
  10. Discussing Employment and Unemployment Rate using Educational Attainment as a Yardstick
  11. Education as the Perfect Instrument for Social Change
  12. The Impact of Culture on Education
  13. Promoting and Protecting the Right to Education of Students from Minority Groups
  14. The Interplay between Politics and Education in the United States
  15. The Impact of Bad Policies on Education
  16. The Importance of Quality Education in Our Lives and Societies
  17. Education and the Role it Plays in Personal Development
  18. An Effective Use of ICT for Educational Purposes
  19. The Role of Education in National Development
  20. A Study of the Effect of Discipline and Reward in Education

Here we are at the end of 20 unique topics on the topic of education and its diverse functions to society. These topics were provided to help and the ease in which they could be worked upon and drafted out makes them viable options for your homework essay. Make sure to pay a visit to our 10 facts for an informative essay on education and guide on this general academic genre. So as earlier explained, below is an essay on one of our 20 topics providing you a blueprint which you can put to use when writing.

Sample Informative Essay: The Growing Education Gap between Rich and Poor Students

Education as the saying goes, is a tool for fostering equality by providing the disadvantaged with the needed leverage and knowledge to grow. But is this really so? And do the facts really back education’s ability to create social equality?

Here, I will attempt to answer these questions using a holistic approach that would present the facts and figures behind receiving an education before making educated inferences that would provide the needed answers.

It is a proven fact that education has played a huge role in the United States by creating a more level playing ground for people of diverse races. Statistics show that the test score deficit accrued between 1950 to 1970 – of African American students in the 9-17 year old demographic, had been drastically reduced by 50% in 2012. Thereby providing a base for these students to catch up and improve the living standards of African Americans. These positive growth among minorities which includes Native Americans is quickly erasing the education gap between white students and students of minority descent. But in the midst of these positives, a newer form of inequality is rearing its ugly head, in the form of an educational gap between students from wealthy homes and these from poorer homes.

Although this new educational gap still affects minorities to a large extent, this menace does not care about race but takes into account a family’s financial status. Therefore it affects both white, black, Hispanic and Asian students from low income backgrounds. According to Sean Reardon of the Centre for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford, racial disparities are still a stain in the US’s education sector but its biggest problem today is ‘class’.

And how does class create this new gap? Students from wealthy backgrounds are privy to more educational opportunities such as the expensive private preschool programs in the United States which already puts these kids ahead of their peers right from infancy. This means that in most cases, students from wealthier homes already learn and test at a higher level than even smarter kids from poorer homes on starting kindergarten.

The next hurdle for students from low income families who manage to somehow close the learning gap encounter comes in the form of education policies in public schools. For those who inevitably attend middle school located in poor districts, a new set of challenges come up. Statistics show that schools in poorer districts are more likely to be assigned first time teachers with little or no experience than those in wealthier districts. These teachers usually get their hand full quickly and do the bare minimum required to get students ready for tests.

Other hurdles include the lack of certain important subjects students need to learn before pursuing higher education degrees due to no available teachers to teach them. Another disturbing statistics put the number of High schools, located in poorer districts that do not offer Algebra II or chemistry as one in every four. Lastly, unfair punishment policies affected by teachers who are more likely to suspend students of minority descent end up leaving these students jaded and these combined forces have led to a dropout rate of approximately 13% among black students.

And the circle continues for only 5% of Americans age 24 to 35 whose parents didn’t finish high school go on to attain a college degree. Comparing the above figure to statistics from over 20 countries which show a figure of 20% of college graduates come from parents who didn’t finish high school proves that the fault lies in the US education system.

In conclusion, this gap truly exists and can only be closed if policies are made to equalize education achievement of every student between the ages of 0 to 14. This policy will in turn provide students from every background with enough ammunition to enroll for and attain a college degree.

References:
Richard, G. (2015). Are Schools Still Struggling with Racism? Teachers more likely to label black students as troublemakers study finds.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3041665/Are-schools-struggling-racism-Teachers-likely-label-black-students-troublemakers-study-finds.html
Steven, H. (2014). 14 Disturbing Facts about Racial Inequality in American Public Schools
https://www.thenation.com/article/14-disturbing-stats-about-racial-inequality-american-public-schools/
Lindsey, C. (2015). U.S. Education Still Separate and Unequal
http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/data-mine/2015/01/28/us-education-still-separate-and-unequal
Eduardo, P. (2015). Education Gap Between Rich and Poor Is Growing Wider.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/23/business/economy/education-gap-between-rich-and-poor-is-growing-wider.html
Benjamin, L. (2016). Graph: The Growing Education Gap Between Rich and Poor.
https://tcf.org/content/commentary/graph-the-growing-education-gap-between-rich-and-poor-continued/
Rodney, R. (2015). Education and Inequality.
https://www.hastac.org/blogs/rodneyrosario/2015/05/05/education-and-inequality-between-rich-and-poor
Richard, B & Inkwan, C. (2015). Income Inequality and Education.
https://www.sociologicalscience.com/download/volume-2/august/SocSci_v2_454to477.pdf

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This article was written by Kirah T., an Essex County, NJ Middle School Student.

The following article is a part of a new series, “Listening to Youth Voices in the New Year.” Each Sunday, articles written by Essex County Middle School students will be published, each week relating to a new topic. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., the essays published this week are those that relate to racial justice.

Race and gender inequality, even though some may not want to believe it, still play a big role in students’ education, both in the United States and throughout the world. I myself am a Black/Latino student that believes that racism and sexism are alive in the education system globally. It’s not as bad in other schools, but I have noticed that more students of color have received suspensions rather than white students for committing the same act. Recent reports show that academic and disciplinary racial disparities continue to exist in K-12 education in the United States, and girls and young women in all parts of the globe are prevented from starting school at all, or not allowed to complete their education.

The U.S. Department of Education’s 2014 Civil Rights Data Collection provides a comprehensive report that gives a clearer picture of how race and ethnicity affects the way students learn and are treated in all levels of education. The report states that “Black, Latino and Native Americans have a bigger chance of going to schools with a higher concentration of first year teachers than white students.” The same report states that Black students were expelled at three times the rate of white students, and observed that Black girls were suspended at higher rates than all other girls, and most boys. This report makes it clear that many young people are being marginalized because of their race, which is not acceptable. Education is essential in everyone’s life, no matter their race. Equality in educational settings is something that we need to work toward.

As with race, gender plays a large role in education. According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, 31 million girls of primary school age do not attend school and 17 million of these girls will probably never attend school in their lifetimes. We must continue to advocate for the right of girls to go to school, because when girls are educated, they are less likely to live in poverty. It can affect their future and the future of our world. Even further, the U.S. is not immune to gender inequality in the education system. According to a Washington Post article, getting into elite colleges is harder for women than for men. Additionally, the same article discusses how the US Department of Education Data found that 11 percent of men were accepted to Brown University versus 7 percent of women in 2014. In addition, at Vassar College the 34 percent acceptance rate for men was almost twice as high as the 19 percent rate for women in 2014.

This problem is not unsolvable though. Colleges and schools can do something about the gender and race inequality that exists. As stated in the Washington Post, “Colleges won’t say it, but this is happening because elite schools field applications from many more qualified women than men and thus are trying to hold the line against a 60:40 ratio of women to men. Were Brown to accept women and men at the same rate, its undergraduate population would be almost 60 percent women instead of 52 percent—three women for every two men.” Elite colleges are abusing their power by making it harder for women to get into college than men, instead of giving them the equal opportunity that they deserve. Schools can also decrease the discrimination and expulsions by having greater expectations to suspend a student. Schools are exploiting students, and they have to be liberated, so the inequality in schools can decrease.

Race and gender are significant factors in education. The Washington Post tells us that soon “gender blind admissions will be the new campus rallying cry.” Gender imbalance in schools is so senseless and has come to the point where some students are revolting, and want their admissions being looked at as genderless, just so they’ll have a better chance of being accepted. Racism in our nation’s public schools is just as bad. This type of racism affects where students will go for school, and performance in school as well. A recent study done by Northwestern University shows that “researchers found that the physiological response to race-based stressors—be it perceived racial prejudice, or the drive to outperform negative stereotypes—leads the body to pump out more stress hormones in adolescents from traditionally marginalized groups.” The effects of this discrimination are appalling. Not everyone has good schooling which is not a problem we can’t fix. I can’t imagine not having an equal opportunity as the student that sits across from me just because I’m a student of color and they’re not. Good opportunities should be evenly distributed between everyone, no matter someone’s race, gender, religion, or anything else.

The original writing assignment asked students to create their own essay prompt as long as it connected to our unit theme, “Uses and Abuses of Power,” and was about a topic they were passionate about. As a result, students submitted essays on racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, education reform, gender equality, and more. We are excited to share their work in this series.

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