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Question: What Areas of our Education Need to be Reformed Most?

Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline: Written by Alan Gao

For centuries, societies have believed in the power of education. Today, we still believe that an effective education system can solve deep-rooted societal issues, such as the cycle of poverty and overburdened prisons. This belief has translated into legislation such as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 in the United States. However, the existence of the school-to-prison pipeline seems to contradict these long-standing beliefs.

Harsh, zero-tolerance disciplinary policies that push students out of the classroom lead to an increased likelihood that misbehaving students are introduced into the criminal justice system. Many schools, especially those in urban, low-income areas, have implemented strict measures against misbehaving students, including police presence and automatic punishments. These measures have result...

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Thoughts and prayers. These are the words surrounding the Las Vegas area after the tragedy that occurred on October 1, 2017 at the Route 91 Festival: the deadliest shooting in modern American History. Those words hit everyone around the world. For Las Vegas residents, those words hit home. These events always seem like pictures and video on a distant screen until it becomes your hometown. For locals, this was an attack on not only their country but their city, their home, their family, their friends, and themselves. The lives that were lost were more than names on a paper; they were mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, husbands, wives, and friends. This event affected more than the 59 people who died and the 514+ people who are injured. It affects their families, this city, this country, and the globe. As the number of people who have died and injured continues to rise, the number of people affected likewise escalates

With a horrific event like this, there needs...

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