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A Brighter Future: America’s Potential Comeback

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There was a time when the United States of America was internationally known as an unbeatable economic force, an empire of freedom and opportunities. After a string of devastating recessions and accumulating trillions of dollars in debt, the appeal of “the American dream” has gradually faded over time. In recent years, China and other countries in the Eastern Hemisphere have been rapidly pulling ahead whilst America slowly slips behind. The once popular president, Barack Obama, is beginning to be questioned more frequently, even within his own political party, and citizens are sitting on the edge of their seats, awaiting a drastic change for the better—or the next presidential election. ...view middle of the document...

When the 2016 election rolls around, it will be up to the voters to carefully choose a leader that will work hard to mend this broken country.
Albeit is important to focus on current issues, it is also vital to focus on the future; more specifically, future generations. The first steps to living a long, successful life is getting a good education. However, the United States’ education system has perceptibly morphed into something unrecognizable. Once considered a valuable asset, a high school diploma means next to nothing in the working world. An eleventh grader gets about approximately five hours of homework a night following eight hours of school and extracurricular activities. Given that this is true, it should not come as a surprise that the average high schooler deals with the same amount of anxiety as a mental asylum patient in the 1950’s (Leahy). While many are oblivious to the massive change in primary and secondary education, there are those who are very aware of what needs to be done to aid students in becoming compassionate, willing learners. In fact, Mission Hill School of Boston’s mission is to do just that.
Last year, the K-8 public pilot school released a ten part web series illustrating a year at their school and the struggles that come with a different approach of education. During the final video in the series, the alumna students and their parent reflect on how their time at the school changed their lives and views on other opinions for the better. As stated by Sam Chaltain in a Forbes article, this school is a perfect example of how learning can and should be “always engaging relevant, supportive, challenging, and experiential” (qtd. in Townsend). If all American schools, public and private alike, were operated by the same democratic principles that Mission Hill School...

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