The American educational system is rife with problems. Increasing focus on test scores and grades has devalued the importance of hands-on, practical experience. Parents and students are convinced that letter grades are more important than learning substance. Meanwhile, the educational system has not kept pace with changes in the job market. While most jobs require a certain level of critical thinking, more students are focusing on entrepreneurial thinking.
Traditional education systems are failing because they force students to learn about subjects they don’t enjoy or find interesting. Rather than forcing students to become clerical or production workers, they should instead allow them to decide what they want to study and explore their interests. By providing an option for learning what interests them, the educational system is more likely to improve students’ lives. And that’s why education is stale in America.
While education is a valuable part of society, many studies show that it helps to break the cycle of poverty and boost individual income. But sadly, many Americans don’t understand that the educational system in the U.S. is incredibly unequal. It provides different opportunities to learn based on socioeconomic status. While Asian and European countries fund their schools centrally, the United States spends more than any other country in the industrialized world. In fact, the richest 10% of the population spends roughly ten times more than the poorest 10% of the population. The ratios are even higher in states.
In addition to bias in funding, material taught, and location, the educational system in the U.S. is highly racially structured. School leaders want to control the racial makeup of their students, and that’s just not a viable option. In addition, the educational system is based on a “have-not” mentality, which makes students’ academic success highly dependent on neighborhood financial status.