The American school system is supposed to reflect the idea of equality of opportunity. That, however is not the case today. Governmental flaws in the education system hinders American student. Students who live in more prestigious area get better quality education. There is still discrimination and separation within schools. Some of the biggest problems include growing costs and discrimination. There are plenty of taxpayers in America who complain about where their money is going. EdChoice, a non profit organization, claims, “Taxpayers complain about growing costs. Hardly anyone maintains that our schools are giving our children the tools they need to meet the problems of life” (“What’s Wrong With Our Schools?” EdChoice). This quote shows the concerns of some American taxpayers. They think that the money the government is receiving from them is not going towards the right things. Americans are noticing that their children are not being equipped with prosperous tools.
In comparison to higher performing schools in European countries, the American education system is falling behind. Education in Finland is free and publicly funded at all levels.
Finland’s Constitution states the structure of their education system. One of the many things mentioned in Finland’s Constitution is that no one student should be treated differently in terms of gender, age etc.. Finland’s Constitution mentions that their educational system guarantees that students learn without boundaries when they state, “Finland has also committed to international agreements, programmes and declarations which require provision of education” (Doe, John Eurydice).
So how much are schools taxed in Finland? Close to “12.2 billion euros” was spent on their education. The public- sector expenditure was “11%”. This means that the public was taxed “11%” of their income. With this “11%”, Finland is able to have free schooling for everyone across their country. Not only that, but that “11%” is to also help the Council for Lifelong Learning. Eurydice explains that the Council for Lifelong Learning is “…an expert body within the ministry of Education which focuses its work on four main themes: partnership between education and working life, learning in different phases of life and situations, how and when to provide guidance for career tracks and how to promote learning in different environments.”(Doe, John Eurydice #12)