Walter Cronkite, once named the most trusted man in America, said “Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”
This quote itself explains the importance of the education system in our society. What does education truly mean anyway? Webster’s gives two of these definitions to the term “educate”… 1: to train by formal instruction and supervised practice especially in a skill, trade, or profession 2: to develop mentally, morally, or aesthetically especially by instruction. The latter is probably the most needed. The people in this country need to be able to logically maneuver through life and be able to make decisions to create success upon themselves and their families.
How do we do this? We have millions of kids that go to underprivileged school districts across the country and even the entire world. These kids tend to grow up to be the criminals and welfare beneficiaries that we try to fight day in and day out. The biggest problem is that we attempt to fight the problem at the end of the cycle instead of at the origin. We need a massive overhaul with education. We need to focus secondary education on practical skills and the development of human thought. Teaching a person how to think is the most constructive way to start an educational domino effect. It not only reflects upon the individual but also the surrounding environment.
Secondly, we need to address post-secondary education. We no longer need to send kids to college to become artists, actors, or musicians. These careers arise from talent, and most of the time this cannot be taught by individuals, who more often than not are failures in their own respective fields. Prospective students should be encouraged to fall into career paths that take into account the ability of student as well as the needs of society. 41% of college grads are overqualified for what they do because they are getting degrees in fields that are inflated with people or just not in demand in the current job market. We also to realize that we need more doctors, scientists, engineers to conquer the current and future problems that we face at this very moment. We need engineers to develop an alternative energy source that is primarily cheaper and preferably renewable. We need doctors and scientists to finally determine a cure for cancer.
Following this solution, we will be left with a society that is educated and prepared to take on the world. We will have experienced politicians that have real world experience. We will have an educated voting base that can understand the importance of the greater good and can logically think through current and potential political issues.
Education was the beginning to a civil society, and if change is not made, education will be the detriment to a civil society.