Civic issues; this world and our nation in particular are full of them. However, there is one that I have continually felt a heavy conviction about: the education system in the United States. I have a varied educational background. I have gone to both private and public schools; I was enrolled in a public school in South Carolina (one of the worst states for quality of public education; http://www.alec.org/publications/report-card-on-american-education/); I attend a public state university, but am from out-of-state. My mother is also a teacher. She has taught in Mississippi, South Carolina, and Ohio, and has been a special education teacher and a teacher of the visually impaired. She is also very vocal about her views on education reform. I have spent my life surrounded by conversations revolving around education, whether it was about my own (whether a private or public elementary school better, which high school to attend when I moved to Ohio, what college was the best for me both academically and financially), my sister’s, my mother’s employment, or just national discussion regarding the education system playing on NPR or showing on the news. My view on the national education system has been developing for as long as I can remember.
However, I never really thought I had a view on the subject until I began applying to college. But everything I had been hearing my entire life culminated into a personal view on education that was being revealed as I explored colleges, leading me to controversial questions I had to answer myself. Why was college tuition so much, and why wasn’t anyone doing anything about it? Why were colleges so focused on diversity, and why was a seemingly good thing appearing to hurt my friends and I as we tried to get accepted to our dream schools? Was a public or a private college more beneficial for my education, and was the ridiculous tuition of private institutions really worth it? These questions spun in my head, and I began realizing that after some research, I was answering my questions with my own opinions on the greatly discussed civic issue of the United States’ education system.