A wise man once told me: Some friends are enemies who haven’t shown their true colors. Remember, Superman and Lex Luthor were once friends.
The thing in which we invest the least amount of time, effort, and money will lead to our society’s very undoing.
As most of us are very well aware, there is an educational crisis in America. Some in this society say, “I don’t have any children.” Some in this society say, “My children are grown.” There are even some in this society who say, “My children don’t go to those schools.” That is their excuse to not care about what is happening in some schools in America.
Subscribing to the old way of doing things and continuing to trust the status quo of how to educate students is sure to lead to this nation’s undoing. Trusting that schools should function effectively just as they did in the days of old sets us up as a society to become that “Superman” who will churn out ill-prepared students incapable of being productive citizens, or, in other words, Lex Luthors. Kryptonite is on every street corner.
Before leaving his late night post for one of prime time, Jay Leno stopped a young lady on the street to ask her who lived at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. After much thought, the young woman could not answer the question. Then, Jay Leno asked her who lived in a pineapple under the sea. She quickly, and very excitedly responded, “Sponge Bob Square Pants!”
The aforementioned is great material for laughs, but, when you look at what it says about our society as a whole, the situation is very sad. Today’s youth know more about Jon and Kate, Miley Cyrus, and Lil Wayne than they know about the things that will truly allow these 21st Century students to eventually lead and successfully compete in a global society.
I’m willing to bet that there are students in other countries who can readily tell our students who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Those students are not just studying reading, math and science in preparation for a test at the end of the school year. They are studying these subjects in preparation for leadership--not only in their countries, but, the world. Can we say the same of all our American students?
What is the cost of America’s miseducation? Will Americans continue to turn a blind eye to what is happening in this country as it pertains to education?
Failing schools mean a failing society. A failing society means a crumbling empire. The miseducation of American students is an enemy we can no longer ignore.