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Educational Woes

We must first look at our own educational system before we can reform that of other countries. The American public has turned their eyes away from the educational woes of their own people, so why would they care to help other developing nations? We need to make the public aware and advocates for higher education, then push them towards equal opportunities and primary education worldwide.


Hot for Teacher- Van Halen
Another Brick in the Wall-Part 2 – Pink Floyd
Homework- Otis Rush
Brain Damage- Eminem
Fight for your Right- Beastie Boys
Jeremy- Pearl Jam
School’s Out- Alice Cooper

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." – Aristotle
“The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living from the dead.? – Aristotle
“The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.? – Aristotle
"The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think--rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men." – Bill Beattie
"You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives." – Clay P. Bedford
"The elementary school must assume as its sublime and most solemn responsibility the task of teaching every child in it to read. Any school that does not accomplish this has failed." – William John Bennett
"If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things." – Saul Bellow

The songs that i chose made the list because they show the views of Americans towards education. With pop culture telling the youth of America that school is not necessary, it should not come as a surprise that it has rubbed off on the youth of America. Now more than ever it is important for children to take their education more seriously because of global competition for jobs. The children in our country at the time of graduation of High School are already at a disadvantage as compared to some countries worldwide such as India, Japan, and many European countries. The general public has not realized this to be an issue yet, so i don't know how universal primary education could become important to them when they can't even see the educational issues that face our own country. When a German student graduates from their equivalent of high school, they are already as educated as most US college Sophomore's. I agree that all children around the world deserve the same opportunities from the time they are born no matter what country they reside in. Everyone should have an equal opportunity to succeed in life, or fail as well. It should not matter your race, country of origin, or gender. Hopefully the American public wakes up to our own educational woes, so that they can move to the next problem, universal primary education. This informed my image set.

I tried to depict the difference between African and American schools. When finding pictures it did not take long for me to figure out that there are some huge differences. In Africa, they do not have very many materials to use for school, so often times things get used over and over again, which is good for the environment, but not necessarily to learn. In Africa the schools are also much more crowded. They do not have sufficient space for every student, so that puts students at a disadvantage as well. If we as Americans would just look out past our borders we would see these educational problems everywhere, and in some cases within our own country.

For the Quotations that i chose, i put ones that were meaningful to education as a whole, reasons as to why it is important to our everyday lives, and why learning should be an integral part of everyones lives: young or old, rich or poor, black or white. Our education determines how we perceive the outside world, and dictates how our lives will play out.