AP Language and Composition
The Educational System
Education is a necessity. One would expect that if America aspires to become number one in almost everything, education would be at the top of that list. However, the Asian educational system is among the top in the world. They are the leaders in math and sciences because the people in the Asian educational system care about the kind of schooling they give and get.
Teachers, seemingly, are now passing students just to get rid of them even if they don't know the material. Teachers are not regulated like they should be. This is caused by tenure, a policy that restricts the ability to fire teachers, requiring a "just cause" rationale in order to be fired (teacherstenure.procon.org).
The idea of a corrupt educational system is also seen in Eduardo Porters article ‘A Simple Equation: More Education = More Income’ from The New York Times (Porter). Porter agrees that inequality is winning in education. This is why Porters statement, "Barely 30 percent of American adults have achieved a higher level of education than their parents did," seems accurate. In addition, Porter also writes, “Only one in 20 Americans aged 25 to 34 whose parents didn’t finish high school has a college degree.”
Not everyone is given the opportunity to get a reliable education, but since some are given the opportunities to have an education, it is their job to use them and shape and impact the future. What students learn in school, is what impacts society, and society does not get better on its own. How are we expected to run a government if we are receiving a poor education? As Nelson Mandela proclaimed, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Most of learning is seeing lessons in context; school is not there simply to prepare individuals for exams, it is supposed to be a genuine attempt at providing life skills that students can apply to both better advertise...