“The biggest atrocity of all is to indoctrinate our children into a system that does not value their creative expression, nor encourage their unique abilities.” America has a problem. It’s a bigger problem than racism, pollution, and corporate greed. This problem costs more than military spending and the “War on Drugs”.
American children are dumb. The percentage of American kids reading at an above average level, has dropped. Math proficiency in American schools has decreased too. It was already behind the other industrial powers when I was in school. The U.S. Government has spent billions of dollars bombing the Middle East since 2003, but most American students can’t find Iraq on a map. Every time I turn on the TV, I hear politicians and celebrities, extol America’s greatness. How can this country be so great, if its youngest citizens are abused, and improperly educated?
America’s students are behind other industrial nations because there is a ‘prison” culture in the educational system. The Columbine shootings started a “zero tolerance” culture, but that’s a misnomer. Students can go to jail for any minor indiscretion. If a boy kisses a girl, he’s arrested. If someone is bullied, and they defend themselves, they’re arrested. These offenses appear egregious at first, but they don’t warrant incarceration. Poverty is criminalized in public schools. Poor students are treated coldly by their teachers and peers. They’re often suspended because their teacher can’t relate to them. Minority students, especially black students, are given less chances by teachers, because of racism or cultural bias. Black male students are treated like adults. Most teachers are white feminists. They view Black boys as representatives of “toxic masculine” culture. Black girls are seen as defiant by their teachers. Latino students are treated unfairly due to language barriers and racism. Muslim students are harassed because of religious intolerance and racism. Once a student believes theyre being targeted, they misbehave more frequently. This starts the “school to prison” pipeline cycle.
Bullying isn’t helping students either. There two main types of bullying occurring in classrooms today. The first type is bullying from other students. Students not only deal with physical intimidation, they now have to deal with cyber bullying. The youngest Millenials are experts at destroying lives on the internet. School officials and parents can’t keep up with their children on the internet. Smart phones have taken cyber bullying to another level. Peer pressure is no longer a secretive thing, it’s school culture now. Social media has made being “famous”, the goal of all young americans. What happens to the kids who can’t afford an expensive lifestyle or don’t want to conform? Non-conformist kids used to fight their bullies, when I was a kid. Now, they can only complain to a teacher or therapist. Students shouldnt fight in school. However, if they do fight, suspend them, don’t call the police. School shootings and teen suicide are rising, because young americans feel hopeless. The other form of bullying is from teachers. America is very political and paranoid these days; so teachers are naturally going to reflect that. Brilliant Muslim students are treated like terrorists. Black students can’t wear natural hairstyles, without teachers harassing them.There’s a racial divide in this country, and our teachers are fueling it.
Corporate culture has ruined the educational system. Teachers have to follow the school curriculum or face termination. Students suffer because their education is no longer adapted to their interests. School administrators are pushing teachers to only focus on standardized testing. The administrators justify this behavior by arguing that schools with high-test scores get more funding. This may be true, but that behavior is short-sighted. Today’s students need to learn how to be creative, resourceful, and adaptable to different cultures. Standardized testing can’t teach them that. Unconventional thinking is prohibited in the educational system. Students are taught to think like drones. If a student questions the teacher, they’re punished. Introverted students are punished for avoiding group projects and group discussions; even if they’re excellent students. Public schools don’t want unconventional thinkers. They need more slaves to waste their life chasing the non-existent “corporate ladder”.
This is an election year. The two choices offered to America, are polarizing and unpopular. Both political parties have divided the nation. Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie’s divorce, is a more popular story than the Alabama pipeline spill. There are more Americans who know where Amy Schumer’s lives, than where Aleppo is on a map. Colleges are being pressured to treat students like kindergarteners. Perhaps today’s society would function better, if Gen Xers and millenials were educated like humans, not cogs in a machine.