With Summer’s carefree days coming to an end, millions of children and adults are returning to schools for education, from pre-school to doctoral programs throughout the United States and across the world. So I’ve been wondering what the value of an education in America is worth, compared to the rest of the world. There have been numerous studies that show America’s Education system is way behind that of other industrialized nations, especially in Mathematical and Biological sciences. Within the United States, poorer (and more conservative southern) areas of the country are consistently at the bottom of education standard ratings.
There are numerous articles surrounding the ‘common core’ as well as the continual “dumbing down” of school children to ensure the lowest-common-denominator graduates and that “no child is left behind” in the education system. Gone are spelling lists, math scores and hard sciences, to ensure no one is offended by differing opinions of parents, religious or political groups. What has happened to America’s schools? In some districts, armed guards outnumber teachers, there are chain link fences, metal detectors and “zero tolerance policies” that are arresting kindergartners for even drawing pictures of guns with crayons and innocent playground kisses.
High schools are losing kids right and left, fewer and fewer of America’s children are graduating, there are more misunderstandings between administrators caught between congress and their communities. New rules and regulations that are tied to money that must be difficult to enforce in their districts. Who loses? The kids and parents. Parents are trying to find jobs to keep homes-working two, sometimes three jobs, not having the time or energy to keep watch over their kids. Kids frustrated with more rules and tests to show the government they are following impossible guidelines. No one is working with the kids, just overseeing them.
College is out of the question for a majority of young adults and even middle age adults looking to change careers. Gone are affordable 4 year degrees, costing up to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Higher education degrees, Masters and Doctoral degrees are a misty dream for many, with grants and scholarships drying up.
How is America supposed to compete in the worldwide market with all these strikes against Education?