So this past week in class we talked a lot about how America falls short behind the majority of the world in educational value. It truly makes no sense. America is known as one of the most powerful nations in history; we have some of the most prestigious secondary-educational establishments in the world. Our people should be the ones that are excelling in ways no one thought was possible, we shouldn’t be falling behind China and other countries in our own universities. However, it’s the education that is provided to us in America compared to the education that is provided to other countries that is making it so Americans are falling short. For instance, in China, most children are learning multiple languages before the age of 5. Where in America, most children don’t learn a second language until they are in their final years of high school. How does this even compare?
Is this an issue to what we expect of our school-age individuals, or is this an issue due to the type of education provided by the US, or is it due to the other aspects in our society? In my opinion, I feel as if Chinese students are held to a higher standard than many American students. I feel as if they are taught to eat, sleep, and breathe school where US students spend a lot of their time on the internet, messing around, and not taking school near as seriously.
So why don’t we do something to fix this? Is it too late to do anything about? Honestly, think about it. If we tried to implement new laws, rules, educational values, how many people would conform after hundreds of years of doing the same types of things. There’s also the “when is enough, enough?” argument. Are the Chinese students being pushed too hard, expected too much out of? Who has the right to say one way or another which is truly the best option?