BY GLORIA RIVERA
Photo courtesy of AP Images.“The materials I learned in high school were useful for when I started college, it prepared me for the next level.”
Many believe an equal opportunity to education is essential to the American dream. While it might be considered important, education is not always equal when it comes to children and young adults who are currently in the educational system.
With a 9.2 billion or 13.5 percent spending cut proposal to education in 2018, many students could see less of the educational resources provided in the past.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), analysis of the most recent census data available on state and local funding for schools indicated that 29 states provided less overall state funding. “As common sense suggests, and academic research confirms, money matters for educational outcomes,” adds CBPP.
“I went to Woodside High School in the Bay Area,” says Brenda Sanchez, 22, “they really didn’t prepare me for life after high school.”
As cuts are made to education and more young adults choose to pursue higher academics, students will find that the courses offered at one school, are lacking in another.
“I think if schools offered nutritional or cooking courses, you could learn how food affects your body,” said Nicole Leyna, 27, who feels that her high school did not offer any cooking classes that would have directed her in a culinary career.
20 students at College of the Desert were asked if they felt their high school offered the right materials to succeed in life after graduating, whether it was advanced placement courses, foreign languages, or visual and performing arts. 18 students stated that they were not given the right materials to succeed in life after high school. Two out of the 20 students, however, did feel as if they received a proper education.
“I believe that high school prepared me for continuing my education in college,” said Garrett Wilson, 22 majoring in English,” I felt as teachers cared about the students, they want them to be independent and successful for the future.”
Wilson also said, “The materials I learned in high school were useful for when I started college, it prepared me for the next level.”
Preparing for post-high school education students are transitioning and in need of guidance.
Rhea Ramirez, 22, a Coachella Valley alumna adds, “I had some great teachers and I think those teachers taught me what I needed to learn as far as getting ready for college.”
As stated in a blog by Concordia University, education equity is the study of ethical principles to achieve fairness in schools and preparation for global competitiveness. All people have a right to a standard education that promotes literacy and success. Which results in the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act. This Act ensures states and schools boost the performance of all groups of students.
For more information regarding the No Child Left Behind Act visit The U.S. Department of Education at www.2ed.gov/nclb