This is the United States, the most admired and prosperous country in the world. Why does our education system fail so many of our youth? We need to start taking education seriously and stop pushing it to the side. It isnt just a political issue. It is simply responding to the fact that when our citizens are educated there are benefits that result in an excellent return on our investment. Educated citizens tend to have better health so that we can spend less on healthcare, they tend to resort to criminal behavior much less often so we can spend less on law enforcement, educated Americans also earn more money on average, so we can spend less on social services. Educated Americans with no student loans tend to have better credit so we can have lower default rates on mortgages and other forms of credit. Any way you look at it, an investment in education is the best investment we can make. We just need to get serious and do it.
The United States, on average, pays more per student for education than any other country. It has been shown that schools in other countries do better while spending less money becasue they focus on paying their teachers very well and making teaching a desired profession. If you look at the breakdown of how we spend our educatin dollars, a large percentage goes to administrative workers. The translation is “large bureaucracy that needs streamlining”. We need to raise the rate of pay for actual teachers because we need to attract talented individuals and honestly, talented individuals don’t sign up for poverty and struggle. The teachers we are lucky to have are simply selfless individuals. We also need to make sure that every single student in our country can go to school to a classroom that is has the books and technological tools necessary to graduate high school seniors with an education that cannot be beaten by any class of students from anywhere else in the world.
Another thing that is critical. We need to take police officers out of the schools except as security for the facility. They should not be interacting with the students and it should be made clear that they are only there to protect the school, not arrest students for acting like teenagers. Of course, if a student attacks a teacher, they need a differnt level of intervention than the school can provide. We need to handle student misbehavior like what it is, through discipline handled by the school, detention and suspension, not criminalization and encarceration. How can we teach our students tolerance without showing tolerance?