Essay on America 's Public Education System

1815 Words Mar 11th, 2016 8 Pages
The famous Malcolm X once said that “education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today”. If education determines the futures of us, our children, and the entire nation, why do we allow it to fail us so tragically? Why is America’s public education system allowed to carry on the way it is as a humiliation of the developed world? And is there even a way to fix it? There is a constant debate going on over this subject. Ideas for fixing it include raising teacher salaries, raising the standards we hold our teachers to, decreasing class sizes, and it’s even suggested by some that schooling itself is just designed to fail us and shouldn’t be necessary. With so many decisions to be made about such an important topic in such an enormous country, how can the federal government be expected to provide us with a single solution that works for everyone? They simply can’t. How, then, should we work out all of these issues without the government telling us what to do? The answer is pretty simple, actually. Just look at all the great things America has achieved in the past. Vanderbilt’s railroads, Rockefeller’s oil industry, Carnegie 's steel that created skyscrapers and bridges, and Ford’s utilization of the assembly line that revolutionized factories and industry all come to mind. What do they all have in common? Smart people with smart ideas, having to innovate to stay ahead of the competition. Schools can be built to be just as…

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