Fair And Balance: The Education Cutbacks

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Writing Assignment 3 (Argument/Persuasion)
Anyone living within the Unites States today has come to realize that since 2008 we have all had to tighten our finical belts to survive, just as the Federal Govenment. Each one of us, from little households, to the big spenders on Wall State. It seems that every year, each state is faced with reducing the amount of money that it spends on education. Which seems odd to me, because if we as a nation are not educated to the level needed to compete with the academic level of the world, we are doomed to fail from the bottom up? With this reduction in funding are students’ classrooms keep getting larger and larger until realistically they become nothing more than educated dummies. Pushed through the system due to the lack of needed supplies, materials, and properly trained teacher. As due to low pay and antiquated equipment. I use to sit and listing to the talking heads on both, sides talk about our education system, attempting to soak in the good and the bad. Attempting my best to be as “Fox News” would say “Fair and Balanced”. They would complain about how a Professor here or a grade school teacher there would offer their own opinion as law or truth. Now of course regardless of which side of the ball you are on there could be concerned with this mind-set.
Young people are acceptable to ideals that they may not clearly understand. They do to their own lack of knowledge may take on theirs teachers or instructor mind-set, not truly understanding why, just attempting to conform to their instructor way of thinking not wanting to confront or start an confrontation regarding the subject of which they are discussing. I have only known of one family since coming to Oak Harbor that has chosen to home school their child. He is fifteen years old and from what I can tell, he has always been Homeschooled, instead of attending public school and I can understand why they have. Homeschooling offers a true one-on-one environment where if the parent sticks to the syllabus and curriculum, there should not be any issue. This is the second school year that my youngest son has been with me (he was with me for his 5th grade year and now he’s back for his 7th). As I spend a lot of time up at his school then and now, I often wished that his teachers could provide not just him, but the other students also more time to truly discuss the topic ensuring that they in deed did understand what was being put forth before them.
The other issue with public schooling seems to be that children are dependent (to a certain point) to teach each other. They all now work in these sub-groups where the mind-set is, if one does not get it, there is someone within the group that could point him or her in the right direction. As the classroom has become a fast pasted, easy to get behind, speak now or forever hold your peace, media based environment. The days of true one-on-one building up and understanding the subject...

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