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Editorial: Don't Take Public Education for Granted

Editorial: Don't Take Public Education for Granted

How much work does it really take to keep schools aloat? And do people take this for granted?

Teachers perform miracles, and the running of public education is a miracle in itself, said in an editorial. 

"Buses have to be scheduled, enough teachers hired and in the classroom by that first day, food brought and prepared, supplies stored, classrooms deocrates, curricula designed and extracurriculars planned," the article said. The article looks at a school, Wake Elementary, in North Carolina and how the school can't afford pencil sharpeners. The editorial continues to stress how in middle school and high school, the "complexities of education are multiplied.

"Science projects and sports and a multitude of clubs and after-school projects and plays and challenges are designed to get youngsters in those impressionable years inspired and interested with an eye toward college," it said. "Parents will to some degree watch in awe as their kids take on homework that seems far harder and greater than that the parents endured. Two hours, perhaps three, a night is not unusual for the most ambitious students. It’s true: School standards are tougher, the measuring by testing is more frequent and the pressure is greater than it was for parents."

Public education gives every student a change, the editorial said, and public schools have been criticized, and yet, every day, "custodians and principals and classroom teachers and coaches and cafeteria workers and bus drivers full of the miracle somehow, and then do it for another day and another."

Read the full story. 

Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor



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