In a nation with more than 50 million students, the K-12 education system must be modernized and improved to provide all students with a strong education and an opportunity to pursue a better future. The authors recognize that the majority of the educational system’s success depends on the efforts of teachers, parents, and community members. Yet there are several factors that make the system outdated. In addition to funding, the authors believe that a more balanced approach to charter schools should be adopted.
The US’s K-12 system is not unique. Most developed nations have a K-12 system. These systems differ in how they allocate funding for public schools, but they typically provide funding to children from the age of five to 18 years old. The first step is to acknowledge the problem, and then to implement actionable programs. For example, the state of Texas recently introduced legislation that would change the state’s funding formula so that schools in low-poverty areas receive more funding than those in high-income areas.
Another important step in improving the K-12 education system is improving teacher quality. The effectiveness of education relies on effective teachers and strong principals. Teachers must have a solid core curriculum, be supported by good principals, work in a well-maintained school, have access to technology, and have enough time to plan lessons. The current K-12 education system in the US is outdated, ineffective, and prone to failure, especially when it comes to educating vulnerable students. With the new focus on better training for teachers, the US will make sure that all children receive a top-notch education.