Democracy and Education Issues

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Mahatma Gandhi once said, "If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him." The world we live in today is so full of negativity that our democracy and education are going down-hill fast. The reasons being are we don't take the time out to recognize the problems that escalade with our democracy and education before they get bigger, we as a whole don't care about our children’s education, and we are not properly discussing issues using public discourse but instead we are arguing, turning arguments into fights and fights into death. Today folks are too worried about the latest fashion, celebrity gossip, the hottest songs on the radio and all I hear from my generation are things like, “You mad or nah?” Or “Do you know how to do the Nay-Nay?” Better yet, “I woke up like this!” Which is a lyric from the song “Flawless “off of Beyoncé’s latest self-titled album. But what people are failing to realize is we are not flawless and we are waking up with things on our mind that is not even going to matter twenty years from now. We are waking up and going out into our everyday lives the same way we did yesterday without making any type of a difference in the world. We are waking up with all this extra nonsense on our brain when we really should be waking up worried about that sixteen year old planning to drop out of school today, that school that does not have enough money to get up-to-date technology in the classrooms, the low percentage of students graduating in public schools. We should be worried about the teens who leave school each day and hit the streets to hang out with children who have a negative effect on them. Pressur... ... middle of paper ... ...e does not happen overnight. It will take time but it will not happen at all if no one takes the necessary steps to make it happen in the first place. Works Cited 13, October. "A Tale of Two Schools: How Poor Children Are Lost to the World." Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 13 Oct. 1991. Web. 06 Feb. 2014. Barber, Benjamin R. "America Skips School: Why We Talk SoMuch about Education and Do So Little." Harper's Magazine. Harper's Magazine, Nov. 1993. Web. 06 Feb. 2014. Schargel, Franklin. "The Real Reasons Children Drop Out of School." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 14 Oct. 2013. Web. 06 Feb. 2014. Tannen, Deborah. The Argument Culture: Moving from Debate to Dialogue. New York: Random House, 1998. Print. "Wife Died in Car Crash as Couple Argued at the Wheel." Mail Online. Associated Newspapers, 16 Feb. 2001. Web. 06 Feb. 2014.

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