Analysis Of America Skips School By Benjamin Barber

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Children in society struggle daily with meeting the educational expectation. Compared to other countries around the world, the United States’ high school mathematics program stands in 31st place, and 24th in science. (Desilver, 2015) The American educational system remains below the expectation, and unfortunately, relays no signs of improving. In his essay, America Skips School, Benjamin Barber argues that the reason for the education crisis falls on the hands of the adults, because of their lack of initiative in supporting the youth of America. Children seem wrapped up in the current status of the world rather than their education. Modern portrayal of the stereotypical American student include failing assignments and dropping out of school, …show more content…
Barber eludes to this, saying, “Inner-city children are not the only ones who are learning the wrong lessons…the success of Donald Trump, Pete Rose, Henry Kravis, or George Steinbrenner makes them potential role models, whatever their values.” (Barber, 2014, p.213) These people, through their success in the industry, advertise themselves and their acts to the American public. The way these celebrities present themselves can impact the lives of our children, considering the massive amounts of time spent on social media and television. So they can either have positive, proactive values or negative, anti-proactive values. In regard to the history of America, some of the most famous signers of the Declaration of Independence had extensive knowledge. Founders including Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams held knowledge from all aspects of education; including mathematics and philosophy. Even when writing the Bill of Rights, Barber comments that, “both men) understood that the Bill of Rights offered little protection in a nation without informed citizens” (Barber, 2014, p.214). Even as the influence of celebrities towards the public today, Adams and Franklin’s influence on their generation influenced others to support their cause in the revolutionary war. This points back to their high level of

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