As the years go by, one would believe that future generations are receiving a better education than prior generations however tests results are painting a different picture. As a matter of fact, most recently a news report stated that the United States was number 26 on a global basis. Why has the United States’ education system fallen by the wayside? What is the problem with our system?
From my perspective, I see many key factors contributing to this decline; it has been obvious to me for years having raised two kids. Some of the key factors are as follows:
1. Parents sabotage their child’s educational success.
Parents have become fanatics with their little Bobby or Mary. Kids in my day fought there own battles without guns or explosives. If kids were picking on you and were calling you names, you either ignored it or just gave them back some of the same medicine or better yet, your older brother or sister stood up for you. What happened to the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?” I received my fair share of names, e.g. Spider Legs, Johnny Long Legs, Ghost, Frenchie, and Toothpick. Did I go off the deep end, hysterically running to Mommie and Daddie so they could contact their attorney and pacify me? My parents would have said you probably deserved it. Did I pull out guns or other weapons? No! I just ignored these negative comments and went on with my business. I didn’t get lost in the BS. But where do kids today get their crazy destructive ideas?
The Media, Internet, Television and Movies provide all the necessary resources and how to’s. They even play up some of these situations and make them larger than life. The home of these kids lack proper censorship from lazy parenting and corporate greed making things too accessible. Heck in my day, Lucy and Ricky, Rob and Laura all had twin beds and Jeannie showed no belly button. Kids today see and hear too much junk at an impressionable age. Their lives need to be simpler and less complicated, show more quality programs that have positive messages or better yet, READ A BOOK. I get so disgusted sometimes with the garbage that is on TV that I will sometimes gravitate to a good I Love Lucy Show of yesterday years. Those shows had no swears, no weapons, no sexual innuendoes and the comedy is still funny and relevant for today. That was exceptionally great script writing. Put your foot down to what we and our children watch, see and hear. Voice your opinion.
2. Kids have too many electronic toys, no room or desire for imagination or creative thinking/brain growth or productive healthy physical activity.- ergonomic school bag singapore
In our world of electronics, kids aren’t getting off their butts to do sports or play games outside. They have no physical activity or chance to develop their imagination outside a controlled environment in a physical education class or a paid sport’s program. When we were kids, we were always outside playing tag, kick the can, baseball, football and hide-n-seek. When we were thirsty, we drank water and when it was dinner time, we came home and ate a home cooked meal, all of it. We were hungry from running around. We didn’t load up on processed, sugar enriched junk food and we knew where our food came from. We didn’t have weight problems because we were always on the move. After dinner, we helped Mom with the dishes, no dishwasher.
3. America has become a “Sue Happy” nation
If something derogatory is said to your child or the teacher or school isn’t meeting your expectations, parents run to their attorney’s. Many attorneys will use any reason to file a case as long as you foot the bill. Valuable resources, time and money is consumed in these frivolous cases. Has our education system improved as a result? No and as test scores point out, matters are now worse. Keep petty matters between you and the school, save your money and reduce your stress. If you are not happy, switch schools.
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