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Educational Justice & the Achievement Gap

It’s no secret that the education system in the United States is struggling. Year in, and year out, the U.S. is outpaced in educational progress by other industrialized countries.

Recent records show that of 49 other industrialized countries, the U.S. ranks 25th. Are you kidding? Lithuania, Slovenia, Brazil, Poland, and Latvia are just a few of the countries that are experiencing educational growth at twice the level of the United States.

There is a very simple explanation for why we find ourselves in the middle of the worldwide achievement gap: the inequalities in education within our own borders.

From California to Rhode Island, advancements in education differ greatly. Even within each state, the quality of education is unequal from county to county. Even worse, gaps in education are present at the different schools within each county.

Such community gaps make it extremely difficult for the State or Federal Government to do anything to make things better. This state and federal inaction results in a struggling economy fighting to keep itself afloat. Amidst the competition of other industrialized countries, Americans simply can’t afford for this trend in education to continue.

However, there just might be a solution. What if members of each community became more involved in fixing its specific achievement gaps? That’s exactly what we are doing at Educational Justice. It’s quite evident that education is the key to success for individuals and, consequently, society as a whole. In order for the U.S. to again become competitive in the educational realm, reform must start at the community level.

Plus, it’s easy and anyone can do it. One of our new initiatives at EJ is to spread our influence beyond our own community. The EJ Activists program, an online tutoring program, can now be used by students nationwide in their pursuit of educational equality. Learn more about EJ Activists.

 

–Breck Stodgehill

4 Comments

  1. Catherine B
    February 21, 2015

    This is such a complex problem but the programs being started by this organization are great.

  2. Drew Marquardt
    February 27, 2015

    Educational inequity is such a huge problem in our country, and it is a shame that there aren’t more organizations to combat it. I’m excited to see the EJ Activists program and its impact on our community.

  3. James M.
    March 14, 2015

    I’m glad that Educational Justice is taking a step towards eliminating the ever-increasing gap found in our education system.

  4. Brittany
    February 28, 2016

    I have thought a lot about this issue even before I read this post. This is a huge issue in our country but I feel that with the help of EJ and with other programs similar to it we can help bridge the gaps in education. This will by all means not happen over night, but with each step we take with organizations geared to help build up our education we can soon change the country’s educational situation and soon we will start to see our rankings going up.

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