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Increase Allocated Funding and Resources for U.S. Classroom

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A teacher’s solution to buy school supplies for her classroom: Panhandling

“Anything helps,” Oklahoma teacher turns to panhandling to raise money for school supplies

Global grade: How do U.S. students compare?

Hello, my name is Cameron Dang, and I am a high school freshman.  

Browsing the news one day, I discovered an article about a teacher who begged for money for her classroom.  I understand the difficulties that teachers struggle with every day, and so I decided to take a stance on it.

Teresa Danks is an Oklahoman teacher who turned to panhandling for classroom supplies.  As student myself, I have known more than enough teachers who have struggled with funding for supplies.  

As a country, the U.S. is not leading in education; countries such as Finland, Canada, Denmark, etc., have surpassed the U.S. in such categories.  Although we still need more than just an increased salary for teachers and a specific funding for classrooms, it is a step on the right path.

First, increasing the class's allocated funding will enable a greater variety of supplies and resources to your children and other students.  In turn, more supplies allow a wider range of options and learning choices. For a teacher to turn to panhandling and spend $2000 or $3000 of his/her salary is increasingly problematic.  

Finland, a leading country in education, places very little pressure on the student.  Standardized tests, grades, and composite ranking is limited, and college is free for students.  The least we could do is provide a greater range of resources for the future generations, as they, in the end, will be the one who controls our rise or demise as a country.

Thank you.

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