Running Head: TOO MANY LEFT BEHIND
Unit 6 Project: Homeschooling vs. Public Education
January 25, 2009
According to a report issued by America's Promise Alliance in April of 2008, about 30% of U.S. students drop out of school annually. With the economy in a severe recession, and spending on public schools rapidly shrinking, public education has become inadequate alarmingly fast, leaving our children’s futures hanging in the balance. The majority of American families faced with the harsh reality of our public education system lack any financial means to afford private school, and although feelings of helplessness are quite normal, home schooling is a time-tested, proven alternative to public school.
There are a number of proposals being examined to see if they could help alleviate the disparity between the number of organs needed and the number available. These proposals include xenotransplantation (the practice of using animal organs for transplantation into humans), offering financial incentives to the donor’s family, increasing the number of living donor donations, campaigns to increase awareness of the need for organ donors, and changing the national policy from expressed consent and required request to presumed consent. Of these options, presumed consent is the most logical because it will protect the rights and wishes of the deceased more effectively and spare grieving families the burden of making a traumatic decision than the current systems, it can be implemented quickly with dramatic increases in the number of available organs, and it is more ethical than paying for organs.
The current systems in place for organ donation are expressed consent and required request. Expressed consent requires the deceased to clearly indicate their wish to donate his or her organs prior to death and then the family of the deceased must express those wishes to medical personnel. Required...