Due to the old-fashioned curriculum, funding gaps in various communities, and the antiquated teaching styles, the education system is failing to grow with the times. Oftentimes the education system is taken for granted as an institution that does not require fundamental change, as it is a means of production of intelligent individuals and people generally value this output. However, there are many aspects of bias that prevent it from changing for the better and preventing people from recognizing aspects of it that fail students, teachers, and the like. Biases that affect finances, distribution of resources, and quality of education require examination as they create educational gaps between different communities, making it nearly impossible for students to escape paths they were arbitrarily placed into in their school systems.
Biases in the education system are typically elements that are initially taken for granted and are left unchecked over time. In the article “The Current Education System is Failing our Students”, the author quotes writes, “the educational system was built with a bias; bias in deciding where to direct funds, bias in the material we teach, and bias in where the school is located”. This statement shows that the community in which the school is located in already has a huge disadvantage in the quality of teachers it has and the amount of textbooks, as if the textbooks were even updated, as it the quality of education is dependent on factors like location that are not innate to education itself. Communities with better education and better funding often have a way higher success rate, even though the students in those systems might not be as bright as the ones in the lower communities, they were just born there. Funding the system is important as there is a lot of money already put in it, but the textbooks are outdated, the teachers are using the same tactics they were taught 30 years ago, and it’s based on luck whether or not you get the perfect teacher for the student. This is also important for the teachers as well, as they get paid differently depending where they decide to teach, as the ones who get paid more are generally the most experienced. There will always be different qualities of teachers, but due to the inability to accurately place them in institutions that correlate with their expertise and paygrade, bias is introduced into the system. A lot of the major decisions regarding personnel that shape the education system occur because of chance, and are therefore overlooked when trying to improve the education system.
Antiquated curricula hurt the system even more and make it difficult to change the way students absorb information and create emotional ties with it in order to succeed. In the article “The Current Education System is Failing our Students”, the author also states, “our school system still values discipline and a structured regimen under the teacher’s discretion”, showing that these schools have implemented tactics integrated in the system for hundreds and thousands of years, putting so much trust in the value for discipline that it is effectively a given trait of the education system. However, it is possible that imposed disciplinary tactics give little possibilities for students to actually care about what they learn, as the subjects and content they learn is imposed upon them by age-old values. This disables students from creating emotional links between the work they have and their own motivation, which can misguide students in their approaches to handling their own interests against the curricula. The type of discipline that’s used is similar to the teacher creating deadlines, punishments for students handing in late work, and a general feeling that the content they are learning is arbitrary and does not apply to them. Although there are different class levels setup for students who would thrive better in easier versions of the same class, it still makes it uneven as some students are learning better information than others and attaining statuses that determine the value of their success. This is a huge issue, as the system should be able to accept any type of student, at least in a public school setting, yet biases that form curricula focus on uniformity and discipline rather than enhancing individual motivation.
The education system fails to understand these tremendous facets as being biased, and by overlooking factors like curricula and demographic variability, these biases are allowed to perpetuate over time. One other such bias is the necessity to teach general eductation courses, as there is a belief they they teach the fundamentals of basic knowledge that is necessary for educational success. These subjects are mathematics, English and writing, history and social studies and hard sciences. While it is important to know the fundamentals, when it comes to ultimate success, if the students aren’t pursuing these subjects vocationally or have genuine interest in them, it doesn’t make sense to uniformly teach these “core” subjects every year until the 12th grade, and even in college as well. While there are arguments that suppose that a balanced curriculum formed by the combination of these subjects is good for the student, these arguments assume that a student’s overall success is derivative from their ability to tackle all of these courses efficiently. This isn’t right, and a lot of students aren’t interested in some of these subjects, as they don’t want to make it part of their future either. In the article, “Our education system is failing”, the author states; “English, math, and science are important because they teach us about the natural and social structures of our world, but students would also benefit from knowing practical life skills like how to file their taxes and why credit is so important”. Not only is it important, it is more important than continuously learning the same topics that rise in complexity every year until the 12th grade. In many ways, the biases behind subject-oriented necessity hinder students’ abilities to use their times at school to pursue subjects of interest to them that are not a part of the general curriculum.
The education system is failing to change to its biased stance on funding and demographic gaps, value towards discipline, and uniformity-driven curricula. The system is made to teach the fundamentals and not the ways to become successful as a human, but as a student. The inability to recognize the biases that dominate the education system will only perpetuate the lack of motivation and hinder students’ true potential for success.