Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said:“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” Mr. Roosevelt was indicating that education is key to ensuring a positive future for our country. Years have passed since his presidency, and many can argue that America’s educational system has improved, but that still remains to be seen. While it is true that education has gotten more focus in recent years, as highlighted by the “No Child Left Behind Act,” it does not mean that the system is fully developed enough to aid all of America’s children. Now, the average American is just that: average. Children generally receive B’s and C’s, average grades, in school if they are lucky enough to be in a good school system. Literacy rates are lower than they seem, and not enough people are properly motivated to do well in school. Forms of entertainment and parental influence, which also play a large role in the development of children into successful, productive adults, are not where they should be with respects to education. Much more needs to be done to improve the educational system of the entire country. Preschool should be made mandatory to help individuals reach their full potential and achieve what only a minority of today’s society is currently capable of.
America’s children have found increasing difficulty with school. The curriculum in schools is claiming to be harder in higher levels, but the lack of focus and direction in the younger grades has made for decreased grade levels and lower mastery in several basic areas such as math, writing, and reading skills. Standardized test scores are at an all time low, as increasing amounts of children progress through the educational system having not attended a preschool or nursery school program. Not only will America’s youth have a harder time learning
at higher levels, but our entire country will suffer in the long run; as our focus on education declines, so does any positive outlook on the future of our society.
Many children today do not learn to read proficiently until at least second grade, which is much later than children raised in the late eighties and early nineties did. For example, striking differences can be seen in a family of five, with three children born in the nineties, and two children born after the turn of the millennium. All children attended preschool and grew up watching television, but the three children born in the nineties all learned to read in a basic form by the time they were three, and were all reading chapter books easily by second grade. Their spelling abilities were also markedly better by that grade as compared to the two children born in the 2000s. The youngest child is currently in second grade, and is still just barely reading basic chapter books. Her penmanship still needs improvement, and her spelling knowledge is sorely lacking. The oldest child was reading her first Harry Potter novel by third grade, and was excelling...