Margaret Mead said, “Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.” In our society we value education over everything else. If one has a high education, then they will be able to make a better living for themselves. No school system is alike, some are better than others. The American education system used to be known as one of the leaders in education, having the highest graduation rate, and being innovative when it came to teaching styles. Now, it seems that it’s changing and other countries have taken it’s places as the best. This makes sense since the statistics show that most American students are losing to foreign countries. According to Paul Zoch in Doomed to Fail, Japan’s high school graduation was 90% whereas, the United
My father served the US Army where I had the opportunity to study in several schools during my early childhood. This allowed me to become fully bilingual. In elementary school, I studied in three different schools: Kindergarten in my home town, Naranjito, Puerto Rico; first grade in Fort Bragg, North Carolina; second grade in Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico; and I returned to my local town of Naranjito to finish fourth to sixth grades. Later, my family settled in Naranjito, which provided me with an opportunity to continue my studies in middle and high school. I graduated from high school with a GPA of 3.30 and with 2,789 in the College Board. I completed my associate degree studies while attending full time. I completed my baccalaureate degree in Secretarial Sciences in 1996 while attending part-time at night at the University of Puerto Rico in Bayamon. As education has been a major goal in my life, I continued my pursuit for personal development by obtaining Master’s in Business Administration with a major in Human Resources while working full-time and raising a family as a single parent. I completed this two-year program within 18 months achieving a GPA of 3.71.
Most people would say that if you obtained your education in the United States of America, then you got the best education of all. This is a fascinating idea but I absolutely disagree on this. I believe that education is still based upon an individual’s character and insight in life. It is dependent on how one values education. Even if one has attained the highest education in the United States, he can still be considered uneducated if he doesn’t apply what he has learned in school. The education in the Philippines is better in some ways. Due to difficulty of life in the country and the strong desire of the Filipinos to strive hard, the education becomes the top priority. There are three aspects to compare the education between the Philippines and the United States and these include the cost of education, the type of training, and the style of education.
...but the education system should be the first act of motion. When you look at our education system compared to China’s dominant education plans, you can tell we have leaps and bounds to go. The government needs to recognize the problems facing our education system and it’s future. By addressing problems like the lack of funds that public school systems seem to be facing a lot can be turned around. Giving teachers more rewards for doing the job they have decided to take on, can help change the attitude of staff and teachers. Recognizing their importance can help them want to achieve the goals the administration has set before them. Also, by adding more options for students while in high school should increase the attentiveness and over all interest in school. By doing all these things the government can really help turn the crisis we face into something to celebrate.
The audience includes people who deal with policy change in government, schoolboards or even parents interested in their child’s education. McGray achieves his purpose by painting a picture of American society today through examples and shows the progression of foreign education through historical evidence. Through anecdotes, expert opinion and statistics, McGray successfully informs the audience of how foreign education is ignored in America despite the growing need for such education in the future and urges change in school curriculum.
Education in America has always been important. Since the settlement of the first colony, parents have made a point to educate their children in some way or another. Much like modern America, there were two obvious educational paths for children to descend. In the 21st century, American students are able to choose whether they would benefit from exploring a career-technical/vocational academic path, or a higher learning/collegiate academic path. Any student, male or female, black or white, can choose either path, and for the most part, monetary status will not sway the student’s choice. Colonial America, however, was the exact opposite. Only white children of wealthy plantation owners received an education based on core curriculum – relevant to the original colonies. Boys were taught higher math and science, history, navigation, and Latin, all while learning how to carry on the family plantation; girls were taught basic literature, math, and writing, along with etiquette, household maintenance duties (such as sewing, cooking, and nursing), French, and often how to play an instrument. White children of poor plantation owners were sent to apprenticeships to learn a trade. As America progressed economically, so the country did educationally. A shift from religious based instruction to secular teaching began to occur during the late 18th century. Then, in the mid 19th century, elementary education became public and accessible to all students. This was done because the leaders of the American government believed that education was pertinent to gaining more productive citizens. These officials believed this new system of public education should be left up to each state’s discretion, though they all implemented similar laws regarding edu...
Public schools in America were regarded as the best public schools in the world up to the 1970's. Today, compared to the development of Asian and European schools, American schools are ranked as some of the lowest schools. Some students are graduating from high school with little or more knowledge about the core classes. For instance, I started school in the US at age twelve, eighth grade, and was placed in college prep classes, even though English was my second language. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to travel and study in different countries like Afghanistan, India, and Yemen. The excellent schooling system of these countries, although they were considered third world countries in the eighties, had prepared me for a higher level of education. My academic challenges started when I took the assessment test for college, which placed me in lower classes than I had anticipated. I was placed in English 101A, which is equivalent to 9th grade scale in India. This left me uncertain of what I had accomplished in my four years of high school CP classes. Education in the US, compared to that of Asian and European countries, is significantly behind. American poor level of education is placing its youth at a great risk in the academic global market.
The education system is a social institution that often faces major changes, such is the nature of public services and similar social institutions. A major factor in the changes made to these institutions is the prevalence of curriculum reform through planning and informed development. (A.V Kelly, 2004)
After experiencing how difficult language brokering is as a child, I have learned the English language fluently now. So, my future children will not have to experience what I have gone through. I want my future children to live a normal childhood and not worry about the adult life until they are an adult. In addition, I wanted to have an educational background because my parents never had one. I want my future children to have the knowledge of education and how important it is to go to college. Although, my parents never had the chance to go to college because of the language barriers, but they were never against education. They have supported me through education, but they do not know how difficult it is to attend college while still supporting the family. So, I want to be able to help my future children with education and guide them through it. Furthermore, I have become more Americanize by slowly adding the American culture to my Hmong culture. For instance, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas has become a yearly celebration in my family now. My family never really had celebrated these holidays before, but growing up in America, we had adopted these culture variations. So, I can definitely say that I identified myself in the micro level as an educated, independent, Hmong American
It provides the fundamental and advanced knowledge needed to improve the well-being of a country. Education is critical to the development of a country’s youth, as the popular saying goes, children are the future. The education received from teachers can either leave a lasting impact or have little or no effect on understanding. The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation asserted that there is a need for “new paradigms, new practices and new people” (as cited in Holaday et al, 2007, 99). Professional development of teacher is required, as mentioned by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, “to build a culture supportive of a new generation of scholar citizens” (Holaday et al, 2007, p.99). Thus, it is imperative that the teachers’ in all institutions in a country receive the best possible training and resources needed to fulfil the responsibilities set before