A Critique of the American Education System


Today I will be critiquing my country’s education system, as it has a load of problems that need to be addressed. I will talk about four issues for now:

  1. Lack of specialization in what a student wants to do later in life
  2. A lack of passion among students
  3. The schoolbord
  4. Mandatory classes

Firstly, I will touch up on issue number one. This one can tie in with all the other issues, as it is the main reason why students, like me, don’t see any classes that have anything to do with what we would like to pursue in our college years, as well as a profession.

I have to take a mathematics class – specifically honors Geometry. One day, I asked the teacher why we’re taking this class, as I, and MANY others, are more interested in a different field of study. The best answer she could provide me was “It will be useful if you want to go into architecture.” I couldn’t believe my ears. Am I currently wasting my youth to learn something that will become no value to me when I’m older, or even when I’m studying what I would like to do? I came to the conclusion that I was, in fact, wasting my time.

The only classes that have of use to me, and what I want to do, are English, Science, History, digital literacy, and economics. Basically the social sciences.

I spend a lot of my time studying political philosophy, economic theory, human philosophy, and so on. This is what I want to do – change the world through politics. But it’s hard to keep doing this when I’m being FORCED to take classes that I do NOT need to take, and seriously do not have anything to do with what I want to do.

In the Neolithic era, and throughout history, to the present date, the specialization of labour has been a key part in human history, as it allows an individual to specialize, dedicate itself, and apply itself in a specific region of study or practice. The more we get taught meaningless things, the less information we will be able to attain for what we want to do, and specialize in.

What could be future chemists, biologists, politicians, businessman, could all be held back due to a credit in a class that is completely and utterly irrelevant to what they would like to major in while attending university. With this cut in specialization, our production, intellectuality, and quality of profession, will be cut. This could be detrimental to society, and begs the question: What is our school board doing? Schooling has remained the same for decades – and it’s not complying with what’s happening in developing nations. The increase of quantity and complexity of technology is not being taken advantage of in schooling.

Summing this up, I have one question for our schooling system:

Why do you not judge a chef on his food,

But his ability to run a marathon?

Now, to address my second point: The lack of motivation among students.

This, in my opinion, could very well be due to teaching individuals uninteresting subjects. Why study Shakespeare when we can study newer forms of literature that have more relevance to our day-to-day lives? Another reason these individuals feel no zest to work, is mainly because we’re putting a price above the heads of the individuals, “A+, F” are used, according to the student’s unconscious cognition, as a label of worth to their country. This can be very discouraging, and could turn an AP Student into a flunking student.

There’s also too much pressure on CHILDREN these days in the education system. They’re overworked. They don’t get to rest, and when their bodies are changing, and they aren’t without guidance, horrific things can happen. We need to give these kids a future, which is what the educational system is about. But YOU have failed to do so.

In Finland, they have shorter school days, ZERO homework, and they focus on collaboration. Their education system is outperforming every country in the world.

The cycle of poverty will continue, until our schooling system reaches into a heart of a kid, and changes it, giving him a passion to pursue something they would like to do. Giving them a standardized test will NOT achieve this goal.

Now to address the third point:


Dear school board, your goal shall not be the production of sheep, but the creation of wolves. But this is not in your interest, you; for many years, have had the interest of creating factory workers. This is no mystery, nor is this old news.

The truth is, you simply do not care. This is why you pay our teachers bad wages, thus decreasing THEIR OWN MOTIVATION.

To reform yourself, we must ensure a checks & balances be implemented. The students, and teachers alike, shall have more power than you currently have ownership of. The STUDENTS, and TEACHERS, shall decide what happens in the school building.

Addressing my fourth, and final point:

Mandatory classes, even though the individuals needs and wants are in opposition to these classes, are for some reason mandatory. Like I said before, the specialization of their profession will be essential in a modern society. Automation, inventions, and technology will conquer all of the labour and rigorous jobs, and will require a more professionalized understanding of their curriculum. To then suggest, that a person that wants to pursue Forensic Science, must pass a Algebra 2 test to then allow said individual to study Forensic Science at a university, is completely insane and primitive. Our society is progressing. Now, education system, will you progress with us? Or will you keep burning our future generation’s dreams and skills to the ground?

Quotes:

The man that invented standardized testing, Frederick J. Kelley said this:

“These tests are too crude to be used”

Albert Einstein:

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

John D. Rockefeller:

“I don’t want a nation of thinkers,

I want a nation of workers.”

Written by C from @Intellectualwingism

3 thoughts on “A Critique of the American Education System

    1. I thought it was a very well written piece, especially taking into account his age range. The American education system deserves critique, a lot of critique.
      His argument isn’t invalidated because of his age — it should be seen as more validated, seem how he’s the one literally experiencing American education firsthand.

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