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Japanese Tsunami Proves American Education Sucks

Today I read an article about the giant debris field floating toward California that is the result of the Japanese tsunami from 2011. The principle focus was that nearly three years later the largest density of debris will be landing on West Coast beaches.

But this quote got me thinking:
In April, a 20ft boat ran aground at Crescent City, California. It was formally identified as a boat that belonged to the marine sciences program at Takata High School in the city of Rikuzentakata. 
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How many of our high schools have marine sciences programs? In fact, how many of our high schools have any kind of in-depth science program?

Our newspapers are full of news stories about bullying and the lack of services for autistic and learning disabled children. We use phrases like, "No child left behind" to demonstrate how we lift up the kids who struggle and make them feel better by pulling them closer to the norm.

Today teachers are judged on aptitude averages rather than putting focus on the exceptional.

Don't get me wrong. I believe that every autistic child, every kid with mental health disabilities, kids who learn differently deserve and are entitled to all the help they currently receive. Every kids deserves the effort of our education system to give them the best chance at becoming active and productive members of our citizenry. I have first hand knowledge of how kids with physical disabilities have limits imposed on them.

But with that said, shouldn't we also be focusing educational resources on the elite children? Shouldn't we be pouring extra money into math and science programs to make sure that the average American child can compete in a global economy? Shouldn't we make sure the arts and music remain in the forefront and focus on the massive quality these careers deliver to our overall society?

Today India graduates more college students with Computer Science degrees than we graduate from all colleges combined. China and Japan have both moved massive volumes of their people into world class cities with top universities.

As a nation, America has been built on entrepreneurship, excellence in agriculture, business and industry. As the world changes to a technologically integrated society, we need to maintain this level of learning. The American spirit is unique, and powerful, but it can't thrive without the foundation of education.

Education drove the Renaissance making Europe the focal point of the world.

Education drove the Industrial Revolution moving America to the forefront.

It will be education that drives the next evolution of the world economy, and it's critical that Americans remain leaders in education if we have any desire to control our own destiny going forward.


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