If our education system sucks, why do we allow it to remain that way? After all, it is a major factor in the rising suicide rate and poor educational outcomes of students. Yet, we do not take immediate steps to improve our education system. There are still some ways we can improve it, and this article will look at some of them. Read on to discover what we need to change.
First, let’s look at what causes the achievement gap. It is not unions or poor money management that is causing our schools to perform badly. Districts with more money perform better than those with less money. Inequality in education isn’t caused by poverty; it is a result of wealthy neighborhoods adding a burden to local taxpayers. Unfortunately, the achievement gap will never be zero.
The problem is widespread grade inflation, which erodes intellectual rigor and grading standards. Grading incentivizes students to stop learning, defeating the entire purpose of grading. This widespread use of the grading system leaves policymakers and employers with few reliable metrics. In the end, our education system must be reformed in order to meet the needs of our hyperconnected society.
If our education system sucks then how do we improve it? When politicians are involved in reforming the education system, they will inevitably focus on blame-shifting. Most people will blame the opposition party for opposing improvement. Sadly, most politicians are only interested in promoting their party, so they won’t even consider development. Our education system teaches children right from wrong. Unfortunately, that obsession creates a fear of failure that inhibits growth.