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What public schools do not teach our youth

Updated on December 23, 2014

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Something we Americans often take for granted is a free public education. Everyone has an opportunity to succeed. While the background of a given person may differ, we are still guaranteed a teacher at the front of the classroom whose job is to help you further your mental capacity and lead you to success. Any high school graduate can reflect on those years, remembering studying for hours for tests, writing essays, reading novels, etc. Teachers always told their students that hard-work leads to success. Success may be represented in terms of a grade, but do grades really show what students learn and take away from public schooling? The problem with education nowadays is the following: Instructors do not encourage our nation’s youth to think freely for themselves.

What really is “Thinking Freely?”

According to free thought is defined as thought unrestrained by deference to authority, tradition, or established belief. Freedom of thought is a right given to us by our founding fathers in the American first amendment. So why is it that public schooling do not encourage the art of creative thinking? This leads to quite a conundrum.

The focus of school

The focus on schooling is not where it used to be a hundred years ago; numbers are everything. Schools solely care about having the most students pass state-enforced testing that evaluates skills such as math, English, biology, etc. Public funding to these schools is based off of the results of the numbers. The better you do on standardized tests, the more money the school receives. Thus, public schooling focuses on rigorous curriculums to enforce quality results. Whether this tactic for government to fund schools based off of results is a debate for another day, but the fact that schools are ranked based on who has the best SAT scores and who has the highest graduation rate is not the way to approach the future of America. Telling these students they must do well on these tests or they will be a failure in years to come will only lead to discouragement. Many of the most famous people to arise in history did not do it because they passed the government-enforced test. These tests lead to unnecessary stress on students and boulders on the shoulders of schools that they must keep up. If schools focused less on the numbers and more on the development of the student, graduates would be in a much better place in the long haul.

The advantages of free thinking

While society and culture is considered “free” and we may do whatever we please, many boundaries restrict us from doing so. The freedom of thought is a lost art that has brought to fame some of the most famous philosophers. But you do not have to be a famous philosopher to contemplate a difficult theory. Our youth are not encouraged to think freely of morals, economic problems, etc. that they should otherwise be concerned about. They go through life believing what they are told without questioning the source. For example, a child might go to church with his family his entire life without making a real connection or even a reason as to why he is going. Similarly, our youth may be told by a government teacher a political event that has arisen. Rather than giving the student an opportunity to formulate an opinion, he or she is often derided for not agreeing with the “social norm.” All in all, public schooling needs to evaluate where the direction of school is going and how to encourage an attribute of life that is often thrown under the bus.

© 2014 AConservativeView


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      stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, I agree with you on this issue, because this is the way it is in the public school system. Both political parties could work together if they really wanted to and get some work done. As far as free thinking I don't see it in the majority of our kids I teach guitar to some very nice kids but there are a few that have rebelled against their parents. I never saw this in the 1980s. Great article.

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      Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

      Free thinking is not at all encouraged in the public schools, which are nowadays a source of heavy indoctrination that encourages students to rebel against what they have learned at home and follow the politically correct doctrines of the state. It is frighteningly Orwellian and I say this as a person who leans slightly to the left on most political issues. Great hub!

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      AConservativeView 3 years ago

      Mio Cid, I appreciate being able to connect and agree with you on this topic. I definitely agree there are flaws in our governmental system and there needs to be a change. It is very difficult not to realize that congress and the president will always debate on such simple matters. Why? Neither side will do the right thing for the whole country. One of the biggest problems is this: when one political party caves in, they appear to be "weak" and makes the opposing party seem as if they are the greatest thing since sliced bread. These political parties do need to reach agreements to positively influence the whole country. Unfortunately, our government system is not perfect. America would be a better place if these two dominate parties would cooperate for the sake of the entire population.

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      mio cid 3 years ago from Uruguay

      This Hub is proof that there are common sense issues where ideology can be put aside,you are as you say a conservative and I am as liberal as they come but I have not a single major discrepancy with your very well presented article. Don't you think there may be some instances in which political leaders could reach agreements to advance the cause of the whole country as opposed to the partisan convenience?