Democracy And Education Issues Essay

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Mahatma Gandhi once said, "If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him." The world we live in today is so full of negativity that our democracy and education are going down-hill fast. The reasons being are we don't take the time out to recognize the problems that escalade with our democracy and education before they get bigger, we as a whole don't care about our children’s education, and we are not properly discussing issues using public discourse but instead we are arguing, turning arguments into fights and fights into death.
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So, how can we change these problems if we are not recognizing them? We need to start looking out for these issues by reading the news, watching the news or even paying attention to it in our everyday lives. Honestly, before I read the article, A Tale of Two Schools: How Poor Children Are Lost to the World, I was not even thinking about poor children because I had not realized that it was such a big deal. They are hurting and they need everyone’s help to get the same education any other child is getting. My heart broke for the Sixteen year old girl in the article who said she wanted to make $2,000 a year. She was obviously not given the proper education to know that no one can survive off of so little amount of money for a year. If I did not read this article I would have no clue how behind the poor public schools are. When you are not aware of such an important issue nothing can be changed. So the next time we hear anyone say, “I woke up like this.” Maybe our response should be, “Are you sure you woke up, I mean really woke up and realized that change needs to partake in our country involving children’s education?” We need to be more aware and get our students back focused on the importance of school and learning.
However, before we can get to change we have to want change. The problem is too many do not even care to have change. In the article America Skips School: Why We Talk So Much about Education and Do So Little proves the point that I am trying to make. Which is, we as a whole do not care about our student’s education. Benjamin R. Barker said it best, “There are, of course, those who benefit from the bankruptcy of public education and the failure of democracy. But their blame is no greater than our own: in a world where doing nothing has such dire consequences, complacency has become a greater sin than malevolence.” Yes, I know some of us do care about children’s education and want our students to succeed. However, we all have to be in it together. There is way too many people who do not care. They are worried about other things. Therefore, how can we make a difference if only a few people out of a bunch is trying? So, when this statement is made, “We as a whole do not care about our children’s education.” I mean just that, we as a whole do not care. It cannot just be some or a few it has to be all of us. In order to make a change, we have to be in it together. It is just like the saying, “One bad apple spoils the bunch.” Jonathan Kozol said, “The teachers never ask the children to define the words or use them in a sentence.” We cannot put full blame on the teachers for not asking students what needs to be asked of them. No, they are not doing what they need to do. But, is the U.S. Department of Education making sure that students are learning how to pronounce words and define them? It is there job also to make sure the teachers are doing what they need to do to help students succeed. However, the U.S Department of Education is too...

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