7 Reasons the US Education System Is Failing!
Recently, today actually, I saw a post of a video on Facebook that detailed simple questions posed to university students regarding BASIC social and historical facts, events and the people who govern our country. The results were astounding to say the least! Abject failure and an inability to name or identify ANY of the people, places and events. Let me repeat … NONE.
The formal education system in the US was designed to meet the demands of the industrial revolution by providing basic education to the masses. Pretty simple right? So why is it that we fail to recognize or refuse to acknowledge that the demands are different today? There has not been a calculable redefinition or evolution of the educational system since. This is scary as it will define the failure of our country step-by-step and bit-by-bit until we are reduced to a social collection of ignorance.
Let's examine the cause and solutions.
1. Closed for Business!
Schools find their existence tied to community standards and financial restraints based on the community support … or lack of. The result is that schools are closing at an alarming rate across the country. The decision to close a school rarely reflects the needs of a community or, more importantly, the needs of the students!
There seems to be less concern for the needs of the communities children's education than the economic demands of the location of the school or the resources available. Where is the federal government when this happens? Well, they are partly to blame. The government rhetoric details the need for affordable, quality education while they demand that school systems adhere to specific federal mandates that tie the school administration's hands to comply with political wants. So much for federal support.
2. Two-Gallons of milk in a one-gallon jug!
So, how many kids can you cram into a classroom and still teach effectively? That depends on whether you are looking to teach the children or be a daycare service. I know, pretty harsh but look at the function of schools today. They take your children and house them and feed them for about 6-7 hours a day. Mostly providing them with basic discipline and food that they rarely get at home! Oh yes, admin it. Teachers are required to discipline your children in a crowded atmosphere where safety is no longer guaranteed and education takes a back seat to providing basic needs that parents are unwilling to, uneducated to or unable to provide. Wait, what about education? Well, there is so little time for that that caring for them takes priority over teaching them.
Secondarily, because of the constitutions of federally-mandated guidelines, the children are taught in a cookie-cutter style standard of personality-limiting, creative-minimizing and individually-restrictive processes to get them to their adulthood. Basic education with basic performance that aligns children to basic standards that align with everyone else's basic needs. Sad because it is done in crowded classrooms where teachers …