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Reconstructing education

Harry He

Douglas Anderson

Eng 200

21 February, 2017

Cashonomic Party: Being an Intellect Can Save Your Neck!

Are you sick and tired of college draining your wallet and bank account dry? College nowadays are expensive and puts a huge financial and emotional stress on young adults striving to find their footing in society. Education is the foundation for the future of our country, by maintaining a proper education for all, students will be able to find jobs or a career path that suits them. We want to make education more academically stimulating, affordable college for students, and as well as making school a safe place for students.

With the prices of colleges skyrocketing, more and more students dropping out of college before earning a degree. According to the “Pathways to Prosperity” study by the Harvard Graduate School of Educations in 2011, 46% of students who started college were able to finish in the United States or 54% of students who dropped out of college. Countries higher than the United States include, Poland with 61%, Slovakia with 63%, and Japan with 89%. The reason for America’s low percentage, is due to the high costs of a college education. With the growing percentages of high school graduates, high school students are expected to go to college upon graduation high school; however, the big factor for college drop outs and decreasing college enrollment is due to the high prices of college tuitions. Ever since 1985, the college tuition has increased by 559% in 2011. In order to increase the college graduation rate and college enrollment percentage, we will work to make college more affordable and potentially free. This is because we want to see the younger generation succeed to lead this country to prosperity. By reducing this heavy college tuition, more and more students will be willing to finish and enroll into college.

School is where most kids spend their lives for the majority of their lives. From pre-k to high school. It is where students can enhance their learning, develop skills, make friends, but most importantly, it is a student’s second home. However, school is where students can also feel helpless, this is where bullying and violence takes place. The U.S department of Education started collecting data at 2005 and estimated that around 28% of students from the age of 12 to 18 are victims of bullying. But we must also keep in mind that most students do not actually report that they are being bullied. Only 36% of students from ages 12 to 18 report bullying while the 64% do not (Institute of Education Sciences: What characteristics of bullying victims, and schools are associated with increased reporting of bullying to school officials?).  The reason for this high percentage of unreported bullying is due to fear. The potential repercussions from the bully is what refrains the victim from speaking up and seeking for help. Should the adults of the future have to suffer from the toxic effects of bullying? Most of us has undergone bullying at some point in our lives, because of that we can understand and bring change to our schools. Due to anti-bullying efforts, the stubborn 28% from 2005 has decreased to 22% in 2013 (U.S Department of Education). This is an improvement, but we the Cashonomic Party believe that we can make more progress in less of that time. Our goal is to lower bullying in schools and encourage victims to speak up and for peers to speak up for the victims as well. In order to ensure students are academically striving, we must ensure their safety and mental well-being in school.

You have heard us praise education in all of its glory and potential it brings for our younger generation and the future of our country. There are other parties such as the Classic party and Equitable Party who support the improvement of education as much as we do, but one party, the E Party, believes that “a good educational system has the power to transform a nation like nothing else could”. Their goals to improve the quality of education, provide every child to go to school, and decrease number of people who are uneducated. However, two goals caught our attention, to increase the amount of time in school for elementary and middle school students and to invest in higher education for careers that the country is currently lacking. Having longer hours for our elementary and middle school may be a bit complicated. This does not only put more stress on the students but the teachers as well who are already working hard enough as it is. Instead of increasing school hours, an alternative approach could be to change the start times for schools. By integrating later start times for middle and high school students, this could increase student safety and academic success (Hanover Research: Impact of School Start Time on Student Learning). There is indeed a correlation of school times and duration to a student’s academic performance. Instead of just increasing the hours of schools, we should devise a schedule that would benefit the students.

On the other hand, we do believe that there should be more encouragement or incentive for students to study in a field that is more desired or beneficial to society. Incentives are a form a motivation that can drive people to new heights that can achieve their goal which they would have trouble doing without incentives. A study by the Incentive Research Foundation discovered that incentive programs can increase performance from 25 to 44 percent. By implementing the right incentives in higher education, this may also increase graduation and enrollment rates for college. By investing into improving the educational system, the outcome will inevitably have a positive outcome. This reform in the education system may be expensive but there is no need to instantly change it. Overtime, this investment will greatly improve future of the younger generation and provide them with plenty of opportunities in life, which will also benefit our country and society.

Knowledge is power and power is what leads to change within our society. If you want to see our country prosper like never before, then we must start with catering to the younger generation who will be the future leaders of our society. In order ensure the success of our country, it starts with improving the educational system. Let us pave the way so these young leaders can guide our country to a better future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web sources:

  • Symonds, William C., Robert Schwartz, and Ronald F. Ferguson. 2011. Pathways to prosperity: Meeting the challenge of preparing young Americans for the 21st century. Cambridge, MA: Pathways to Prosperity Project, Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
  • Rampell, Catherine. “Why Tuition Has Skyrocketed at State Schools.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 02 Mar. 2012. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.
  • NCES Blog.” NCES Blog | Measuring student safety: Bullying rates at school. N.p., 1 May 2015. Web. 22 Feb. 2017.
  • Petrosino, A., Guckenburg, S., DeVoe, J., and Hanson, T. (2010). What characteristics of bullying, bullying victims, and schools are associated with increased reporting of bullying to school officials? (Issues & Answers Report, REL 2010–No. 092). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance, Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands
  • “Incentives, Motivation and Workplace Performance: Research and Best Practices.” Incentives, Motivation and Workplace Performance: Research and Best Practices | Research | The Incentive Research Foundation. N.p., 20 Jan. 2010. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.
  • Hanover Research (2013). Impact of School Start Time on Student Learning. Washington, DC http://www.shorewood.k12.wi.us/uploaded/Family_Resources/general/Impact_of_School_Start_Time.pdf

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