The Silent Divide

The last time I attended high school in my county was the Spring of 2013. It is currently Spring of 2017 and my brother is now a sophomore. However, over the course of the past 5 years, my brother’s and I’s experiences could not have differed more.

It was 8th grade when I decided to apply for my county magnet school. The county had begun their plans for redistricting school zones and I did not want to chance where I might end up. Fortunately, I got in. Unfortunately for my brother, he did not. Normally, this is not seen as a concerning topic as people tend to focus on the more positive aspects of these new divisions such as the integration and merging of the various areas of the county. My county may or may not be an exception to this supposed norm.

It is as though a glass wall has been placed between our towns. A silent divider between the good part of town and the bad. It is unseen at first glance until one starts to notice the slight waver of the objects on the other side. This “bad” part of town consists of schools at maximum capacity of students, majority of which are actually overcapacity. In a place where there should only be 1000 or 1100 students, there are actually 1300 or so. On the other hand, schools on the other side of the county are in a completely opposite situation. The majority of the schools are underpopulated with no concern of overpopulation.

Due to these circumstances, a few problems have arisen. The students in the overpopulated schools are not receiving as much individualistic teaching as the students in the underpopulated schools are. Even when I was attending school in my county, there was also a significant lack of resources. I remember going to the library and waning to check out a fairly popular book. There were so many other students that had also wanted to check out that same book that the waiting list would amount to 10 or 15 people. The IB (international baccalaureate) program was only offered in the schools on the other side of the county as well as numerous AP (advanced placement) classes.

This “good” part of the county is not only in terms of schooling and resources, but the population makeup also determines future funding and supplies. There was enough money in the county budget to build a new school. It would make sense to build it in the “bad” side of the county where many schools are overcrowded, right? Well that was not what happened. The school was built on the other side, adding further resources, teachers, and space where it is not necessary.

The redistricting in my county has not been controlled by need. It has been controlled by those that have more power and more money. These people do not live on the “bad” side of the county and their desires would only be fueled by the occurring in their side of the county. As the good side continues to improve, the bad side lags behind, furthering the divide between the two. In actuality, children should not have to worry about which school they will have to attend next. The education and resources provided should be synonymous throughout.

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One Response to The Silent Divide

  1. meerabp says:

    EDIT: over the course of the past *4 years

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