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##snipped## is a petition that I wrote up myself on whitehouse.gov asking Obama to reform our compulsory educational system.
In my view its extremely redundant, unnecessary, and even psychologically harmful in some cases (I cite the statistic that 1 out of 12 teens attempt
suicide) to gather 40 million young adults and demand they all learn the same thing in the same way in the same amount of time.
In an age of extreme economical and political crisis what we need most is a generation of unique and innovative minds that are optimistic and ready to
faces the challenges of the 21st century and overcome the issues we face now. 40 million adults armed with geometry and us history aren't about to
take down the old structures and erect something new to bring us into a glorious age, not only for america, but for the whole world. We need to teach
students to follow their abilities and interests, we need unique and creative expression, art, science, philosophy. We need students to be positively
reinforced to reach their true potential and make something out of the gifts inside of them.
Throughout highschool I saw many, many creative people who had a lot of potential that were reprimanded for trying to do something different, what we
need now is something different. The future is coming and we can't escape it or try to hide from it, instead we need to embrace and to reform with
If a student wants to be a musician teach them how, offer them music theory, music classes, show them different instruments, teach them about
electronic music, how to work a studio, teach them about PR, show them the path to achieve their dreams.
If a student wants to be a philosopher offer them thought provoking material, ask them questions about morality, humanity, and fate, show them works
of the great philosophers of the past and ask them what they think.
If a student wants to go into quantum mechanics teach them what they need to know.
There is no age limit to learning new things, children time and time again have proven that "hard to grasp" concepts can be easily learned if we
simply TEACH them. We limit our youth, and as a result our youth are very limited. Adolescence should be a time of joy and self-discovery, where one
finds ones own abilities and interests, and is encouraged to follow them and make something special in this world.
I believe that with enough attention to this issue change is something that is very obtainable. By staying quiet and doing what we are told we consent
to the reality of our existence. This is something that could potentially change the future of the United States and as such, the World.
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