It’s a known fact that the American education system cannot be compared to educational systems in other countries. Our children’s education is lacking compared to their international peers and it shows.
One of the local papers reported the story of a New York City teenager, Melissa Mejia. Miss Mejia was not doing so well in school. But somehow, she passed her classes, received her diploma and is now on her on way to college.
We have a systemic failure. An outsider could easily point the finger at the teachers and ask why the students are failing. The problem is far more than the teachers themselves. The problem ripples beyond the teachers and beyond the school system. The problem is our general society. Teachers are not given the respect that they are due. It is not easy to stand in front of a class of 25-30 kids and try to hold their attention throughout the day.
Another component of this problem is the parents. For any number of reasons, some children do not receive the necessary support to succeed in school. When a child sees that the parent is not investing in their education, they go through the motions of going to school without putting in the effort. This not only affects them individually, but as a society, when we are under-educated, our country suffers and our job market suffers.
When education is our priority, when teachers are respected and our children are expected to succeed in school, then we can truly compete on the global stage. But until then, we will lag behind the rest of the world and we will suffer the consequences.