Open Letter To Ruby Bridges
Dear Mrs. Bridges Hall,
I am a Jewish child who goes to a private Jewish School. My parents were able to choose what school I went to but your parents could not. You were forced to go to a falling down cheap African American only school, while the white children went to an average nice school. You fought for the end of division by race.
Now the division is not race but money. In underemployed areas the quality of schooling is insufficient than in high-wage areas. The county in underemployed areas can not collect enough money to be able to give the school the budget of a high-wage area.
Underemployed area schools have old textbooks that are most likely out of date and print. The schools also have no technology, so the students are relying on outdated print books. Since the school does not have supplies for teachers, the teachers have to pay for supplies out of their own pockets. With no money for new teachers, teachers have to teach large classes. This means less time for the teacher to know each student. Since the students may be hungry, the students cannot focus as well.The children have to go to buildings that are failing structurally; which could be dangerous. While high-wage area schools have new textbooks yearly; with new technology for students to access newer materials. The teachers do not have to pay for supplies. Since the school is able to have more teachers, they have smaller classes. The student are well fed to help increase their concentration. The schools are able to maintain their buildings.
In my school, my parents pay tuition. The money pool from tuition allows the school to be able to help students excel. Our school has a wireless network, newer computers, iPads, and a well stocked library. Also, at my school is art education. Also in the area where I go to school, the public schools have large budgets and are able to provide for their students. They have similar nice things because they have resources similar to my school.
To find a solution I looked to the past; how the government had to move you from an African American school to a white school to end separate but “equal” schools. Now one solution to decrease the education gap between underemployed areas and high-wage areas is to federalize schooling, so some public schools do not become poor and others rich. A different solution is to take the money a rich school has and give it to a poor school that needs the money. Another solution is decrease the amount of schools and increase the service area of other schools. This idea might not work, because it might put too much strain on one area.
In the end, schools are not divided by race but by income today. Schools in underemployed areas do not have enough money to buy essentials while schools in high-wage areas have money to buy new technology every year. This causes students to get education at a standard of their money.
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