10 February 2009
Reflection paper #1
I really think the United States government is doing a bad job with education in America. I'm not saying spend a ton of more money on education but maybe we should find a way to spend the money more wisely. While learning about the history child development in the US, the money given through grants to the development of children has not changed drastically. Then why is it that children go through school not knowing anything through school? Children in those days had more work to do and they did not have the technological advancements we have today. Children spent more time gaining knowledge of a good work ethic and did not sit around the television playing video games.
I have a real problem with high school students getting to many chances to improve and make up credits. If they mess up they still get the chance to make it up in summer and advance to the next grade. If they flunk out they still gain the opportunity to get there GED. I understand there are many circumstances but overall many of the high school students have there priorities in the wrong place. This is because they do not get a full grasp of education in the beginning.
To stop all the drop outs and failures at the end of the education lane we need to focus more attention in the begging and that is early childhood. The money we do gain from grants needs to be spent in the right place and that is pre-K through eight. Many children gain a good healthy understanding of education and it importances at these grades. I fully support the idea of adding a year to the K through twelve to make sure children have a full understanding of the material. But that would of course mean more government funding, which the US government is reluctant to do.