The future of education is very much a hot topic in America. There are many that believe that the public school system is on the brink of extinction. Due to continual budget cuts to the educational system, thereby cutting funding for low-income areas and necessitating layoffs of educators and administrators in many public schools across the country, many of these schools have been forced to shut their doors. Those that have remained open continue to be under staffed or budgets are so low that they are unable to offer more than basic educational needs. Funding for programs such as Title I, Head Start, and other special education programs are in short supply. This leaves the children who need help the most without programs to help them.
What does this say for the future of education in America? Many people believe that this will lead to more and more people turning to private schools and for-profit alternative school options to educate their children. This will continue to leave very few options available for low-income families to educate their children. Many middle-class families may also struggle with the ability to offer a better education for their children.
On the other hand, if more middle-class and upper-class families begin to choose to send their children to independent or private schools so that their children can be given more educational opportunities, will this leave enough of an educational budget available for public schools to offer a good education for lower income families? The fear of many in this country is that there will not be any incentive for teachers to work in public schools anymore and that the educational budgets will be cut back so much that there will not be enough money to keep most public schools open.