Education of each and every child is the foundation for progressive development in any country. Here in the U.S., however, what is needed is for our schools to be given the opportunity to develop this philosophy.
All too often, the educational system is not based upon helping each and every student adjust to his or her intellectual needs, but rather for the school to follow a state or national educational program using standardized tests. Students with social or intellectual problems that a school feels will affect their position in the state or national educational program are either not accepted or are ignored.
This harmful system was entrenched in many schools with the 2002 passing of George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind.” Suspensions, expulsions and school-based arrests skyrocketed, pushing hundreds of thousands out of school and frequently into the justice system.
Jessica Feierman, supervising attorney at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, noted that when this occurs, it is an end to their education. Poverty, of course, is also a telling factor regarding what is happening to so many of our young people. The idea of a satisfactory educational program that can open doors for every child must be our goal.