America’s educational drought

Dennis Gosnell, Assignment Editor

Global economics serve to push education to be a more prominent concern.

With many stressing the current economic situation in America, many try and understand why and how we have arrived at our current destination.

Where is your parent?

It is possible that, due to both parents being out of the house to work in order to sustain the household, children are left to their own devices. Instead of focusing on education, they become fixated on searching the Internet, talking to friends, watching YouTube, or playing video games.

Education becomes an afterthought in the twilight of surviving. This would not be such a bad thing if it didn’t affect the next generation. As a country, America is not as focused on producing and supplying the demands of the country as a whole.

American jobs being given to other countries

With science and technology becoming a more demanding industry, jobs need to be filled. Yet America is recruiting the majority of employees for these positions from other countries.

Public education needs to design its curriculum around a more demanding and trying education system.

According to an AFP report, “The three-yearly OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) report, which compares the knowledge and skills of 15-year-olds in 70 countries around the world, ranked the United States 14th out of 34 OECD countries for reading skills, 17th for science and a below-average 25th for mathematics.”

It is imperative that America, in order to remain among one of the top countries in the world, raise its requirements for public education.

Raise the standard of public education

By raising the standard of education and perhaps even adding more trade skills to the curriculum of high schools, the U.S. could train a better and more efficient work force rather than debating non-consequential policies that only further harm the standing of the U.S. in the global economy.

In the 1990s there was a popular saying, “Today’s youth are tomorrow’s leaders.” This concept is even more important today.

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