I do wish the president had addressed the issue of unequal resources in education, which in my opinion can discourage a student from a lower-income…

I do wish the president had addressed the issue of unequal resources in education, which in my opinion can discourage a student from a lower-income background from achieving his or her potential. By unequal resources I mean that financially and academically, some public schools tend to get more funding than others and are also more academically at an advantage over other schools. I have observed this inequality in education here in Chicago, where many neighborhoods that are predominantly populated by higher-income families tend also to have really good public schools. This is because they have the financial clout to challenge school district leaders in the area, and also legislators who decide where government budgets should be allocated. When an individual school cannot afford to provide a safe, nurturing learning environment for its students because they simply don’t have the financial or human resources to do so, it is difficult for students to benefit from their education. What I’m saying is that though we can go beyond the limits life conditions have imposed on us, we cannot underscore the role a school environment has, whether it is lacking in resources or not, in encouraging us to achieve our potential. – Allyson