The American Education System Essay
What’s the one thing that your parents always tell you? Get an education. We have heard it over and over again. You need a good education to get anywhere in this world. An education is the one thing my parents made sure that my brother and I had. They made sure we were at school on time everyday and ready to learn. My parents want me to have the best education that I can, but going to school in America is anything but the best.
You would think that America being number one in almost everything; education would be at the top of that list. Well compared to other countries in the world it really sucks. The Asian educational system is among the top in the world. They are the leaders in math and sciences. Do you know why? They care. They want an education. In the year two thousand the United States of America was ranked fifteenth in the world in literacy of fifteen-year-old children behind France, South Korea, and Japan among others. (Insert source here)That is nowhere near where we need to be. In America we are taught that we can do whatever we want. That may be true, but you still need an education. Some people don’t realize this and think that they can just mess around in school and get by. For the most part this tactic works. Teachers and parents are caring less and less all the time. If a student wants to be successful he can work hard and get good grades and get into a good school. On the other hand if a student doesn’t really care its still ok because nobody else really cares either. People in America just don’t care anymore. They act like they do, but most people could give a crap.
Why is the educational system in America in such bad shape? Everyone is always pointing fingers so now it’s my turn. First off teachers. Teachers are now just passing kids just to get rid of them even though they don’t know the material. Teachers are not regulated like they should be. Nobody checks to see if they are teaching right. They just assume that everything is fine and if a student doesn’t get something it must be their fault and not the teachers. They use the text book more that they do their brains. I think that not only should the students have to take tests, but the teachers should have to take some sort of competencies test in their area of teaching also. That way we know if they are qualified to teach the children of America. Next up are the parents of kids. They just don’t care either. As long as their kids don’t fail classes or get into trouble they don’t care. If they are passing they must be doing good. Some of my friends didn’t even show their parents their report cards because they wouldn’t care. As long as they would go onto the next grade it was ok. Well then when it came time to get into college all hell broke loose because they thought their kid could get into any school they wanted to. Sometimes parents just need to get involved in their kid’s lives just a little bit. With all violence going on in schools today parents are now worried more about their child’s safety more that grades and getting an education. Its not only the parents and teachers fault but its also the children themselves faults. Kids see school as a place to socialize instead of lean. Its ok to have friends and girlfriends and boyfriends, but its also ok to lean something while you are there. You are there to learn first and they socialize second. I knew way to many people in high school that were just there to find out where the party was going to be at that night. People would just sleep their way through class and pass because they would cheat or the teacher would pass them. It was kind of sad to see this, but at the same time I was thinking somebody has to run that register at McDonalds. I didn’t care about anybody else’s grades. Maybe I should have. I could have helped some people, but it was hard enough h trying to get myself to stay awake to lean the freaking periodic table. School is not about learning anymore, its all about being popular. Wendy Lemarie of Belgium was very surprised to find how laid back the American school system compared to her homelands. She also says that we have to many extra curricular activities going on. In her country there is only academic classes available. If you want to join a sport or band/choir you have to go to a special school where there is no academics at all.(insert source here) I have pointed the finger at almost everyone, but there is one more. The government is always saying that they are doing this or they are doing that, but they are doing very little. President bush claimed education reform to be one of his number one priorities. He has done little to nothing on this promise. (insert source here) For some odd reason people just stopped giving a crap about education. Everyone did. Not just some groups of people gave up, but just about everyone gave up on the American education system. Perhaps that’s why we suck so bad.
How can we improve or better the American education system. Well for one; parents just need to get more involved. Ask their kids questions. Check out what they are doing on their homework. Listen to problems and try to help fix them. Kids just need to focus. Instead of finding out where the alcohol is going to be on Friday night they should be setting up study groups to find out how to solve math equations and physics formulas. Some people just need to get over the fact that they can do well in school and still be cool. Teachers need to start teaching. Not just trying to get a paycheck. I know thats why they are there, but at least teach something. All we need to do is try just a little bit harder. Put just a little more effort into it an we can be the best. It may take a while for us to get up to the top, but when we do it will be very rewarding.
The American education system is in very bad shape right now, and will continue to get worse if we don’t do something about it. With a little time and patience it can all work out.