posted on Mar, 31 2007 @ 10:00 PM
“All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.”
As a nation boasting the most advanced weaponry on earth, the most mobile and most ready to call, most active military of our time we give so little
attention to our own people. On the world scale, ranking with our brothers around the world in the fields of education that fact that we are not
number one is sickening. To think that we are capable of the industrial might that we have reached, the fact that we can invade any nation on earth
within days or hours of the call to do so, the fact that we can fly stealth bombers from America, refuel in air to bomb a third world country and fly
home without ever touching a run way is amazing and sad in the least.
Americas education system has been on the downfall since its creation, the constitution does not exactly define who has authority over the education
system. Usually is something of that importance is not mentioned it may be left to the states to decide or even the local level. The bureaucratic
democracy worked its way into education and standardized the entire thing, completely under funded, low paid teachers with less then preferred
education to be able to teach, and the standardized testing system that forces children through a tube to gauge their knowledge based on how well they
No longer do we praise a young child for being different, accepting that not all children learn the same, instead we force the material that is in
these test down their throats a few weeks before the testing begins. Why force it down their throats and not gradual education? Why not pay
attention to a students specific needs? Because the school are so over crowded, so under funded that the people that run these institutions can’t
afford to give the attention each child deserves. If a school does poorly on the standardized test they go into “academic emergency” which
results in funding cuts and becoming a public disgrace, what city wants to boast about their school system if it is in academic emergency? The system
becomes demoralized, the ones in charge need to be re-elected, the school is now further under funded and the students are thought of less by other
school districts surrounding the schools in academic emergency.
Most of these schools are inner city, a lot of times minorities make up the base population, most of these schools receive far less attention and
funding per student then the smaller schools of the more wealthy suburbs. So to keep up, to not be the disgrace of the region the schools begin
teaching only what is on the standardized test to get as many kids to pass as possible, so long as there is an improvement, the kids get nothing out
of these test, they in no way measure a students intelligence level nor does it gauge the ability of the staff to teach the children.
Any school that receives more money, can afford more extra curricular activities after school, have smaller class sizes, can afford better equipment
will do better then a school that lacks in all those areas. It has nothing to do with student intelligent levels, inner city kids are in no way less
intelligent then suburban kids, they are just unfairly robbed of the finances to fund their education.
The government has said it is improving the education system in America, though many teachers do not go along with the no child left behind act, the
government insist things have improved. The government in reality has begun cutting the budget for education, slimming a total of around $3.1
billion. But do not fear, the budget cuts came from all of those unimportant classes that don’t teach anything to our children, such as Arts,
including music, and grants to poor families for literacy Even Start, just to name a few. Who cares if poor people can’t read and the children no
longer have time to express their creative abilities so long as they can pass a standardized test?
Our nation is currently ranked 9th in the industrialized world in education for the 25-34 age range, and there is no doubt we have some great
universities but our younger children, in their teens rank 15th in the industrialized world. There are great institutions of knowledge in America,
but the fact is there is to much diversity between the well funded and the under funded. The government needs to invest in EDUCATION instead of wars
if it TRULY wants to secure our future.. with out intelligent members in society that can actively function on an educated level.. we will fall behind
in the world, be it power and economy, and take a place of SHAME in the history books.
There is simple no excuse why the United States cannot fund education adequately with the economic force we have. Truly embarrassing.