Public education, or lack thereof

24 Feb

I’m not sure where the time went today. I got up at 7:00am this morning, did not get home until 6:30pm, and now it’s nearing midnight. I never used to be a night person, but when I don’t get home until 6:30 it means that I won’t eat dinner until at least 7:00. And after finishing dinner around 7:30 or 8:00,  I still have to blog do homework into the 9 or 10 (or 11) o’clock hour. After homework, I need time to wind down before bed. You get the picture :). Sometimes days just fly by.

Since it is (way) past my bedtime, I will do a quick update on the blog challenge, and then it is lights out for me. Today is Day 20- how important I think education is.

Before studying Communication Studies, I was an Elementary Education major. If that fact alone does not represent my view on the importance of education, I don’t know what else would. What is upsetting to me, is the public education system (or lack thereof a proper one) in this country. I pulled myself out of the teaching program because I knew that my heart was not in it.  I felt, for me, it would have been a selfish act to stay; I knew that I did not see myself dedicating the time and energy that those students deserve on a daily basis. Those students need teachers and administrators who have a better reason for teaching than, ” it’s a 9am-4pm job, with summers and holidays off.” Because if you are teaching the right way, it’s not. It is a job that requires a lot of time and effort. More specifically, a lot of time and effort after the regular 9-4 school hours, on weekends, and in the summer. The truth is (I feel), not everybody in the education system deserves to be there, and the ones that do deserve to be there are not getting the credit (or the paycheck) that they should be receiving.

For any of you who may be doubting my beliefs, take a look at Waiting for Superman when you get the chance (recommended by Oprah, if that influences your decision 🙂) .

It just might change your opinion of U.S. public education.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to bash schools here. I think know education is very important, and that is exactly why I do not think the quality of a child’s education should be based on socioeconomic status or geographic location of a child’s family. Because why shouldn’t every child receive a free education, in a safe environment, with caring and passionate (and knowledgeable) teachers? In a country that stresses “liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” it does not seem like too much to ask.

For those faces, who could disagree?

I know I don’t.

Do you?








2 Responses to “Public education, or lack thereof”

  1. Katie February 24, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    Here in Australia, there is public schools and private schools. Private schools are of course the better ones where parents with money send their children, they are mainly religious. Then the good ol’ public school (like the one I went to), have school fees however, they are not compulsar for parents to pay, but that doesn’t mean that you get to learn. Children who don’t want to learn always take up the time of the teachers. Which hardly seems fair but thats the way it goes.

    • perfectionisnthappy February 24, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

      We have private schools too, but unfortunately many of the kids who need to be in better schools can’t afford to go to a private school.

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