Obama’s plan for education

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America’s clench of education loosens as the years progress. More and more statistical evidence shows the dramatic downfall of the nation’s education system.

According to the Broad Education Foundation, American students are ranked 25th in math and 21st in science out of 30 industrialized countries. Furthermore, eighth-grade American students are far behind in math compared to their peers in other nations, and 68% of American eighth-graders are not up to standards regarding reading.

President Barack Obama is attempting to solve the crisis by funding money specifically for math and science programs. Speaking at a science fair held in the White house, Obama said he hopes to once again place America on top.

Two of the most important subjects in school have become a lack of interest and  dreadful courses for children.

In an effort to promote and revamp the subjects, Obama has requested funding of $80 million from Congress. In addition, he asked for $22 million from the private sector.

This will allow 100,000 teachers to be trained specifically for math and science and teach one million recent graduates in technology, science, math and engineering in the next ten years.

The hope is that in the long run U.S. students will transition into American working citizens in these prominent and much-needed fields rather than jobs going to foreigners.

Many other countries are ahead of America in fields such as these because not too long ago their schools heavily stressed the importance of science and math. As a result, the students have translated what they learned to make money.

The last time Obama tried to pass the proposal in Congress, it did not go through.

In some ways, Obama is on the right track. So many jobs are being exported to foreign countries because they possess the necessary skills.

Students today need to realize the importance of math and science rather than shrugging their shoulders and asking the stereotypical question, “When will we ever use this?”

I hope Obama continues to push the issue of American education and to stress how bad the situation has gotten. As Americans, we must open our eyes and look into the future. If we do not invest now, we will no longer be one of the most powerful nations.

Obama said in his speech at the science fair, “We’re a nation of thinkers, dreamers, believers in a better tomorrow.” Let’s keep it that way.


Author: Natasha Christian

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