PSA: There’s a state of emergency in Education
This is an important announcement! America is having an outbreak! Don’t run, it won’t help; calling the police won’t get you far either. If you’ve been reading the papers, listening to the news or overhearing children speak in public, you can probably guess that this disease has been affecting the educational system of America; our educational system is in trouble and needs fixing. Regardless of the fact that most youngsters can’t dissect a complete sentence, noting the subject, verb, adverbial clause and objects of the propositional phrase, some can barely script a sentence that has those functioning parts. Let’s go a little WebMD on this topic:
1. Overview: A poor educational system puts our beloved nation at harm. In a global economy, we cannot compete if our students do not have the math, science and technical skills that are being pumped out of other countries at an AMAZING pace to sustain our nation and overall our safety.
2. Symptoms and Types: Is our education system really a problem? Let’s see:
a. Have our international rankings been decreasing? Yes. We will be unable to compete in the global economy at this rate.
b. Foreign speaking jobs are opening, do we have a pool big enough of qualified candidates to fill those positions? To be determined.
3. Diagnoses and Tests: America needed to do some soul searching in order to fully realize that we were lacking. From the 1983 publication of A Nation at Risk: The Imperative For Educational Reform, until a report released by Condoleezza Rice and Joel Klein, Rice states, education is “the glue that keeps us together”. American students have “disappointing” international ratings in the math and science arena. We are also not producing enough foreign language professionals to fill open roles and contend with our global counterparts even though we are a HUGE melting pot of languages.
4. Treatment and Self Care: The US is looking to implement longer school days, a greater number of school days and more schools in general. We are known for having the shortest school year, so there’s hope that this change will move us in a positive direction.
5. Day to Day Living: While we try to get our educational system in line, we need to also take our lives in our own hands. Read more, go to tutoring, join math programs, pick up another language. Parents/Guardians, go over homework assignments, ask questions of your child and the teacher if you feel something is missing. Reinforce what is learned in school. School is a place for children to learn, not for teachers to babysit.
6. Finding Help: My sister was always fond of writing letters to the Department of Education when she wanted something for my nephews or needed something in their schools. There are non-profit organizations popping up all over the place because everyone realizes the detriment of the education in America. Help is literally just a Google search away.
Ladies and gents, I urge you to spread the word about this threat; it’s a grassroots movement. It takes a village to raise a child, so it’ll take our nation as one to raise our children. I witnessed a little girl using the wrong tense of a word while at the beautician. I leaned over, explained her mistake and helped her correct it. It’s simple. Each one, teach one for a mind is a terrible thing to waste.
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