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How to Improve America's Educational System

Updated on December 17, 2015
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Emily is a mother of three young children. She is currently a stay at home mom, while also juggling being a part time student.

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The educational standards that are set for America's students are a constant debate for politicians, teachers, parents, and anyone in between. Everyone has their own ideas of what is helping and what is hindering our students from excelling in their educational environment, and continuing to excel throughout their adult life.

While this is a popular topic amongst many of our top leaders and educational advisers, there is still a lot to be done. There are a lot of changes going on, and there are a lot of improvements to be made.

If you ask me, I feel like there are a few thing that they might be missing...

It seems like such common knowledge, but it seems like those in charge are eager to forget that Every student is different!

I know, it doesn't matter how how different you are - it's important to know a general platform of general knowledge. I think this is where our leaders get stuck. Yes, there is a certain amount of general knowledge that every student should learn. How to add/subtract/divide/multiply, how to spell, read, who is Shakespeare, name the planets, the state capital of Wyoming, so on and so forth.

All I'm saying is, maybe there's a line that we cross where general knowledge becomes more like forcing you to learn things that you are not interested in and stuff that really won't matter if you really just don't care. Because you are an individual with certain likes, interest, beliefs, and ideas, and that okay. That's normal!

Where's the line?

The first question we must face, before we can improve the education system in America, is where exactly is the line? When does general knowledge become useless facts. What's really important for every child to learn in order to be a well-rounded educated citizen, and what is important for some children to study in depth in order to become an expert in their profession and excel in their adult lives - and most importantly keeping the thrill of learning alive in their lives.

I really do believe that education could be improved by pin-pointing the true basics of education. Then create a broader range of pathways for high school students to choose.

Once students reach their high school years they should be encouraged to try different areas of study that they are interested in.

I believe this will lead students to an earlier, less consequential, idea of what they are really passionate about.

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bored student

A lot of students, sadly, seem to lose passion for their education. Which often leads to poor grades, a terminated high school career, and/or a bad attitude and distrust in authority.

A lot of adults seem to dismiss this as poor behavior, lack of ambition, immaturity, and/or just plain laziness.

Realistically, think about something you've quit at or something that you've forced yourself to do even though you are absolutely miserable doing it. Do you remember why you were so unhappy with that activity? Did it have anything to do with the fact that you just lost interest or never had interest in whatever activity you were engaging in? Was it basically just completely boring?

What are the chances that millions of America's teenagers are experiencing the same thing? I'd say the odds are great!

Why Does High School Suck So Much?

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I know it won't be easy. I know there will be mistakes that will be made, and it's going to take some great minds to actually develop a new educational in America that will consider the educational needs and wants of students and create a successful structured curriculum that will focus less on general knowledge and more on the interest of student nation-wide.

I know it can be done! Our youth deserve the time, dedication, planning, and changes that will take place in their education. Our youth deserve the best preparation for their future!


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      Emily Lantry 2 years ago from Tennessee

      I couldn't agree more. Thanks for stopping by!

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      I don't really want a powerful central government turning schools into a communist re-education camp. Involved parents is the best way to improve schools.

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      Emily Lantry 3 years ago from Tennessee

      It's really a silly concept to be "book smart" in the world we live in today. It's really sad that that there are, like you said, few idealists willing to try to make the change. Our children are suffering.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 3 years ago from Ljubljana

      You pointed out several problems which are similar in most countries of the world. Yes, Europe is FAR from perfection too. A lot of useless drills, ruthless race for grades which are totally irrelevant when you try to find out if a student is ready for real life challenges and few idealists who still believe things can be changed for better. I am in close contact with education system in our country for decades and I am not one of them.

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      Emily Lantry 3 years ago from Tennessee

      I really enjoyed your comment Jean. Thank you so much for sharing your views on this matter. I know that it won't be an easy task and there will be a lot of trial and error, but I think it is worth the effort that it will take from our leaders, the teachers, the parents, and the community. I think the amount of satisfaction that students will get from the change will add the success of our country as a whole.

      Thank you again for sharing your opinion in such depth! :)

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      Jean Bakula 3 years ago from New Jersey

      As the Mom of a teacher, I can't agree with you more. He notices that by the time boys are in 2nd grade, they already decide, "School isn't for me." Why is that? The girls just play along because they are still getting a message that they should just please people. So they pretend they like school longer.

      I know there is too much teaching to standardized tests, and many school districts have a whole battery of their own tests to get their students ready for the above ones.

      But many young people are getting out of American High Schools and are poor readers. We study a language in HS and College, but even if the student advances to a high level, they never get fluent in the language, it's not taken seriously. Other cultures speak their own language and many speak fluent English. Why aren't our students doing that?

      Many young people (and older) don't have a basic understanding of civics, it is taught when kids are too young and it doesn't relate to their lives yet. HS should teach more life skills. Technology, how to fix your car, how to cook, how to balance your checkbook, etc. Most dropped wood shop and metal shop, so people don't learn how to make things anymore, something plaguing American society.

      Physical Ed is a joke here too. In Europe, they teach self defense, and meditation, things which can help you if you are stressed out or being bullied. Our kids have tons of work, but it's all busy work. I hope it can be changed.