We are going to have to do something about it sooner or later.
I’m talking about education.
We can continue to believe that we are educating people. Or we can accept the fact that 100 years ago, people who graduated from eighth grade were smarter than high school graduates are today.
Now, obviously, some people are getting an education. They are attending exceptional schools and colleges. But, unfortunately, many schools are failing, and the students are paying the price. I hear stories that there are companies in the United States today unable to find employees with the technical know-how to hire.
This, if true, is not surprising. That’s because we would rather blame the government, the employers or anybody else rather than face up to the fact that we have allowed our schools to fail. Parents have become so overprotective of their children that some teachers would rather work any place other than a classroom. Many teachers are looking for a school where they can teach.
Did some of us — who are now senior citizens — ever have to sit in a classroom with teachers who were unfair? Of course we did. I have gone to school with teachers who were actually dumber than me. The first time I complained about a teacher, I was told that it was not my place to judge the ability of the teacher. It was my job to learn and that included learning the difference between what was right and what was wrong.
In earlier times, parents took the responsibility for teaching their own children how to live and sent them to school to learn how to make a living. And it was not just for the ability to earn a living that one was educated, but more importantly, it was because through education one could gain the ability to enhance one’s life. Therefore, it wouldn’t matter how one earned a living, he or she would have the inner resources necessary to make a good life. Only if an individual were rich could he or she expect to be taken care of for the rest of her life.
In the new age, however, parenting is looked upon as a unique, new achievement uncommon among everyday people. Basic parenting tools such as love, discipline and self-respect got lost in the revelry of adoration, worship and idolatry.
Except the world began to move forward at an incredible speed, and within hardly any time at all we became global citizens. And we, as global citizens, suddenly had to compete with the whole world.
Time is of the essence. America must get ahead of the game again. Our children represent the future. Most of us cannot buy them a place in the world. They must earn it for themselves.
Education is important. American corporations should not have to import from other countries to fill their job quotas. Colleges should be alert to the job market. They should be teaching for jobs of the future.
Many people are out of work. A lot of them are educated and are quite capable of doing a good job. Some wasted their time in school and are disinterested in getting an education. We can only hope that this long period of joblessness has helped some to focus on self-improvement.
We need to quit playing electronic games, turn off the computers and the televisions and go back to school.
Learning is a good thing.