Nationally we are losing the fight on educating our children. India and China have far surpassed in the global science fields. We are truly falling behind and here are some statistics to prove it:

Nearly 60 percent of the patents filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the field of information technology now originate in Asia.

The United States ranks 17th among nations in high-school graduation rate and 14th in college graduation rate.

In China, virtually all high school students study calculus; in the United States, 13 percent study calculus.

For every American elementary and secondary school student studying Chinese, there are 10,000 students in China studying English.

The average American youth now spends 66 percent more time watching television than in school.

For a Country of our stature it boggles the mind that we are not the best if at the least in the top in every category. We can do better but we have to realize that education could be the silver bullet to this nation, especially the survival of our economy. Our schools are where students first encounter the skills they need to survive in this world. Schools are where we first encounter adversity, diversity, and creativity. Economic development begins at the school house door. But we need more teachers. We need better schools. We need to teach students to always reach their loftiest dreams and beyond.

How do we begin?

First, we should not force children to reach for just ordinary goals. Instead, we should encourage each student to strive to their own fullest potential. Education should start with the individual student. To be truly competitive, our students must study more than just Math and Science. Students in other nations are focusing on global issues. We must redefine the concept of education, and focus on all aspects of a well-rounded education – Math, Science, Language, Philosophy, Art, Music, and Critical Thinking.

Second, and perhaps the one that limits economic competitiveness the most, is access to higher education. The rising costs of tuition have killed the plans of even the most financially-cautious students. While nations like China are beating us in the percentage of their students graduating with higher degrees, the truth is that those foreign nations are sending their students to the United States for their education. It is a myth that our higher-ed system is outdated. The problem is that our own citizens find it more difficult to take advantage of our system. We must discover avenues for American students to earn their independence, especially in a country where entry level jobs are hard to come by with even a Bachelor’s Degree.

In recapping this section there are 5 basic universal principles to change the face of our educational system:

  1. Invest in High Schools
  2. Public education has been thrown to the waste side. We need to invest in our children if we expect to have an educational output that is comparable to other countries such as Japan, Germany, China, and India. The investment is just not in resources (computers and books), but infrastructure and buildings. Many of our children learn in buildings that are over 100 years old and are falling apart

  3. Support our Teachers
  4. You show me a well educated child, I’ll guarantee the teacher is in a well supported environment. Teachers need support and not just financially through pay. They need resources such as new innovative learning aids, computers, and of course more teachers to lessen their student enrollment per classroom.

  5. Re-evaluate Curriculum every year
  6. The curriculum should be re-evaluated to reflect today’s trends. Being that the world is moving towards information technology there should be a heavier concentration of this in our children’s curriculum.

  7. College should not be a dream, but a reality
  8. We should be providing more aid to our public institutions. Why should any young adult not go to college because of money? We should either provide more financial aid for a 2 or 4 year degree or we should look at providing enough aid to make the first year of college free. That will give young people the incentive to work because there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

  9. After school programs
  10. Between the hours of 2pm and 7pm our children are most vulnerable to gangs and other irresponsible activity. The key to reverse this action is to invest in after school programs. Most parents are working longer these days. Most of them have two jobs and don’t get home till 9 or 10 pm at night. After school programs would assist families and help them get over the hump.

    We must do our best to live up to the expectations of our students. Without the next well-resourced generation, our economic future is in jeopardy. Our schools should be the envy of the rest of the world. Our schools should be temples to creative problem solving, and the foundation of the new era of American prosperity.