One of the major problems we have in this country is quality of education. Once again our federal government feels they need to step in with their one shoe fits all mentality with the common core standard. This system takes what was a simple way to learn and made it more difficult. This may make sense to some but to most it is a real problem and for those who struggle already, makes learning even harder. Common core like the ACA was not well thought out. This is a standard that needs to be repealed but it’s not the only problem.
Educational standards should not be mandated by our government but be tailored by the local school districts board. The Dept. of Education is one area of government we could do without. It doesn’t take rocket science to know as a nation we need to support our schools without using the threat of removing federal funding if they don’t follow ridiculous mandates. Common sense tells us there should be mandatory courses like there always have been like English, Math, History, Government, Civics and Science in their perspective forms. There should also be other life skills courses that are strongly suggested like Personal Finance, Home Economics, Job Search and Computer Skills just to name a few. We should also offer electives like wood, metal and auto shop. Many of these courses teach kids how to be self sufficient.
Not everyone is meant to go to college or have the means or desire to go so there needs to be other options available as well, this is where the industrial arts and vocational tech programs come in. Drawing from personal experience as a trade school graduate, it has helped me during the early 80’s when jobs were hard to come by. It has also allowed me to use these skills to become a small business owner allowing me to create my own opportunities. We need to assess our children while they are in their sophomore year to help them determine what their post high school plans are. Then those who are not planning on higher education, we can offer programs in the skilled trades in their last two years of school. Currently we have a whole generation of skilled trades workers who are retiring with few workers to take their place. This will give our kids many more opportunities for employment instead of having their only possibilities of a job is with a minimal skills employer at minimum wage. Here is an article from Forbes that talks about the importance of bringing back skilled trades centers – Click Here
These are just a few things that will help this nation because our kids are our future and if we want it to be a good one, we must train the next generation to be as good or better than the last. I myself participated in many of the programs as I have mentioned and they have served me well over the years. The more we teach self sufficiency there is a less likely hood that person will be a drain on the system.