lack of ability - poor can't do the work and feel stupid
lack of motivation - poor can't study way out of poverty
school is racist - not taught things important to poor's race
school is class-based - not taught things important to poor's class
schools are underfunded - don't have special programs to help the poor
urban schools don't attract talented teachers
rural schools don't attract talented teachers
other... (please describe)
You're right, the problem really rests with the parents and the students themselves. While the schools can certainly contribute to the problem, if the student doesn't want to learn and the parents don't want to encourage, the best teachers on the planet won't make a bit of difference.
in my parent's hometown in upstate south carolina, it is the rural white trash culture that seems to place little value on education
getting a part time minimum wage job to buy a ragged out truck seems to be the career path of most teens of those white trash parents - even if that means dropping out of high school to do it
achieving anything better than a GED is viewed as puttin on airs
the parents did not do well in school
they do not do well in life
and like the urban poor, they pass on to their kids that same distrust of anyone who is educated
if achieving black students are viewed as acting white because they achieve, then high academic kids from white trash homes are viewed as those who think they are too good for their peers
To most US posters, "Europe" is a communist backwater where the state grabs as much of your salary to fund education / health / etc. To us living here, we live under a fair system where the people pay a fair proportion of their salaries as tax to support the community as a whole.
It's simply about perspective - your society (generalising) tends to support individualism and those who cannot make it are left to go to the wall. Our societies (generalising) are about trying not to leave the less fortunate behind.
US posters will nearly always call our system "communist" or "socialist" but that simply points out a failure to try and understand what our views really are about and why they exist.
OK, back to topic.
Dropouts from any school, and even graduates from a school with very low standards, are setting themselves up for a life of less than everyone else.
If they can do that without being a burden on society, I suppose it is OK for them, individually. I know people who live low and would rather do that than try to learn the knowledge and skills required to live well.
But, it handicaps us as a nation.
Even the rugged individualist should be able to see that it is important to get everyone educated to the point that they can be trained to WORK for a living.
We really are all in this together, like it or not.
Oracle of Utah
Truth rings hollow in empty heads.
I chose other. Home living conditions (Crowded, loud, hot) can play a role in negligence and create a poor work ethic.
Don't tread on me= Don't tread on my corporate masters
those who get their GED are the exceptional ones
the point i was trying to convey is that the poor white trash/native American culture - my own heritage - is no better than the urban black poor culture ... neither embrace education as a means to push their children towards economic success
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?