The public opinion of the United States educational system is that it’s in crisis, failing to meet competitive scores around the globe. This general opinion dates back to the 1950’s and is largely linked to budget cuts that directly affect K-12 education.
OnlineUniversities.com published the infographic “The Collapse of Public Education in America” recently that outlines the ways that budget cuts hurt children’s education and deteriorate their success in the future.
According to the infographic, budget cuts reduce early childhood education opportunities, increase class sizes, marginalizes liberal arts curriculum, and eliminate after school programs such as clubs and sports. The lack of federal and state funding for public schools have driven many parents and students to private and charter schools that offer:
- A lower teacher-student ratio
- Better facilities, and
- More resources.
Around the country, budget cuts cause communities to suffer the loss of guidance counseling, adult education programs, at-risk funding, teachers’ jobs, quality early care and more. All of these elements take away from the opportunity that students have to succeed in K-12 education and in life.
Studies show that without a high school diploma, students may never make more than $23,000, which is near the poverty line. Yet with a masters degree, students may make upwards of $70,000. This shows that students’ education has a domino effect on their futures. Budget cuts in K-12 programs decrease students’ opportunity to graduate and succeed.
View the infographic below: