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Today’s Quote

“Education is One of the few things a person is willing to pay for and not get.”
-William Lowe Bryan


Time Check

Jun. 11, 1793 – Robert Haeterick was issued the first patent for a stove.

Jun. 11, 1963 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Florida for trying to integrate restaurants.

Jun. 11, 1993 – The U.S. Supreme court ruled that animals could be sacrificed for religious purposes during worship services.


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Jun. 11, 2012

Hey America,

I’ve been doing extensive research on the topic of Education Reform lately so I think it’d be nice to touch on the issue.

Throughout the history of this country much has been argued in regards to the education system. This controversial topic has evolved into a seemingly unsolvable dilemma. Since America is known to be a country that is free, it is often assumed that the education system mirrors this trait as well. Unfortunately, this is not necessarily the case. Many flaws are constantly being detected in the system that are currently preventing American students from receiving the education they deserve.

Instead, nations in Asia and Europe are bypassing American learning. This is significant because the U.S. is not only wasting government funds on a mediocre education, but it is also losing prestige in the world market as many foreign graduates are taking high ranking jobs that in the past belonged to Americans. An example of this is seen in the statistic that “The United States ranks 18 out of 24 industrialized nations in terms of relative effectiveness of its education system. Knowledge in history, geography, grammar, civics and literature are all in decline in terms of academic understanding and achievement,”(DeWeese).

In addition, it is a fact that the situation is actually getting worse. Americans have proven that they are being surpassed by foreign competition in most recent years. Twenty years ago the U.S. ranked first as the country with the most high school diplomas. Now they are a mere ninth (DeWeese). This proves that America is not truly priding itself on education like many seem to think.

Consequentially, one would think that the problems within the education system are being ignored. They actually are not. The government instead has pursued the agenda of politicians by throwing money at the issue and hoping that it will fix itself. As of 2008, “sixty-nine separate programs, administered by 10 different agencies, provide education or care to children under the age of 5,” (Bataille, Laurie). This means that the problem is being recognized. The approach in fixing it is unfortunately not doing what it is supposed to do.

This is complimented by the statistic that the United States spends on average the second most out of any nation per student each year. This number is said to be $11,152, (DeWeese). It is a pattern that education spending keeps rising. Ironically, this number keeps going up as other countries education systems surpass the U.S. In 2009 and 2010 the U.S. spent an average of 7.9 percent of its GDP on education (Digest of Education Statistics).


This goes without saying that the amount of teachers have risen 19 percent since the year 1996. Meaning that “the number of public school teachers has risen faster than the number of public school students over the past 10 years,” (Digest of Educational Statistics). This is another proof that the U.S. prides itself on small class size yet, it seems to have little effect on the result of education.

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), in a pull that was taken in 2005, “68 percent of these eighth-grade students performed at or above the Basic level in mathematics, and 29 percent performed at or above the Proficient level,”(Digest of Educational Statistics). This reinforces the fact that the U.S. is settling for an education system that meets the standards of mediocrity at best.

At any rate I intend to go deeper into the issue in the future and present my solution. I do think that some of my thoughts on the issue are worth hearing, but until then I just wanted to point out a few things about our pattern regarding the issue.

At any rate, I gave you the facts, now you decide. Should the U.S. pursue the current educational agenda? Or should we try something different? And if so what? All I know is that we are spending a lot for little results. Should we spend less? Or are we not spending in the right places? If you say spend, I sure hope you’re right because in a few years we won’t have the money left to keep up this trend. Technically we already don’t we owe the world almost 16 trillion dollars. Get real, we’re poor.




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