10 Problems with the U.S. Educational System

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According to The Center for Public Education, most high school require between 175 and 180 days of school and/or between 900 and 1,000 hours of instructional time per year. So that means in four years you would spend about 700 to 720 days totaling to an average of 3,800 hours in high school before you graduate. In more populated state the amount of hours increase to an average of a little over a thousand per year.  We spend almost 4,000 hours in high school so what exactly are we doing with all this time to prepare student for the future.

1.Homework    

 

Do you think we should have homework in high school? At first, the idea of having students not doing homework sound like something a lazy scholar would say but is homework effective or necessary. Like I stated earlier students already are required at the very least 3,800 hours before graduating. To put that into prospective if you worked that much a year at minimum wage you would be at around 8,500 dollars per year.  As an adult just think about all the thing you could accomplish if 8 hours of 5 of your days were dedicated to learning, you could learn several skills for most job training.  So like I said earlier taking up more of a student’s time will not make them smarter if the time is not used properly.

2. Reading & Writing Levels

 

In 2015, 37% of twelfth-grade students performed at or above the Proficient achievement level in reading. There is one thing high school should teach you before you graduate, and that is how to reading and write.  Most people would agree that if you cannot read and write to a certain level you should not be able to graduate.  However that is not the case most students are nowhere near what they should be in their reading.  I have seen this myself in my own high school where people walked across the stage but I know they would struggle to finish a one page essay.  Knowing all the rules of grammar by heart is unnecessary but you should be able to communicate you thoughts in your writing as well.

3. Presenting Lies as History

 

There are many issues our educational system faces. One of these issues is the way we presents the information to them.  For example, one of the biggest lies we were taught in school was about Christopher Columbus.  We have proclaimed for generations that he discovered the Americas but then are given information that contradicts that theory.  There were already people living there? You cannot discover something that is already being used.  Everyone knows this yet we are still presenting a false image of how the nation was found.  The scope of history taught in school is also way too limited.  There are many events that have taken place that should be cover in classes but are not.  Teaching about the same events in history over and over does not help anyone.

4. The No Child Left Behind Act

 

The No Child Left behind Act was created during the Bush administration in hopes to boost our educational system. In theory, the idea behind making the legislation sounded like a good plan but it was a failure.  Instead of trying to educate the students more we actually did the exact opposite.  Students that could do work up to standards were ignored and students that did not have the level of education they needed were pushed through.  Also teachers were required to teach students how to be better test takers.  I remember having whole days dedicated to knowing how to take test better so you could play the odds of doing well even if you did not know the answer.  So instead of trying to make students more educated the government decided we just need to appear to be doing better which actually hindered the students learning experiences.  Knowing how to take a test will never be a job skill and should not be a focus in any school system.

5. Learning a Second Language

 

Why are we not adapting to the rest of the world? In basically every major nation the students learn to speak more than one language.  These classes often start during middle school or sooner.  Yet in America it is only required to take 2 years in high school.  Because of this, it is very unlikely that any of the students will retain any of the language they may had learn.  Only knowing how to speak one language closes us off from the rest of the world along with many great opportunities because we cannot communicate ourselves unless someone translate for us or only speak to people who know English. The system of having a second language taught in high school only is out of date.  There was a point in time when America and Britain was the lead so everyone learned to speak English in other nations but that is no longer the case.  The world is globalizing and if we can only communicate in one way we will continue to fall back because most people do not want to work with people that cannot talk to them because it is frustrating. Even our government recognized this in 2003 which led to developing the National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC) to endorse language learning and recruiting translators to serve military and national security needs.  The year 2003 was over a decade ago yet we have not made much progress since then.

6. The Types of People That are Hired

 

There are a lot of people that should not be teachers. Teacher are not only presenting the youth with knowledge, but their personal views as well.  This can affect how a class is run causing certain students to be judge more than others.  The personality type of a person should be a great factor in whether they should teach or not.  I know I am sick and tired of seeing cases of students being physically or sexually harass by their teachers.  This needs to stop.  Sadly though until teachers are paid the way they should be this is very unlikely to happen.  If you are not willing to pay people way they deserve then the result will be what is happening right now, you will hire people that should not be hired because you cannot afford the good ones.

7. Life Skills    

 

 High School does not prepare you for life, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t. We have a perfect opportunity to teach children when they grow up how to provide for themselves yet we do not use it?  There are things people need to know how to do that no one is teaching how to do for example:

1. Taxes?                                                2. How to get a Drivers’ License?

3.When you should start applying for college?

4.When you should start applying for scholarships?       5. How to vote?

 8. Job Training

 

Another thing schools seem to ignore is the fact that not everyone should go to college straight out of high school. There is nothing wrong with not going to college.  First of all it is expensive and many fail there first semester because they did not have the skill level they should had received in high school to be prepared for college.  Instead they need to start considering advocating job training in high school so students can prepare for a route that will not involve going for thousands of dollars in loans.  Having a skills can led to other chances in the future for college once you know what you want.  There is nothing wrong with taking your time to get a college degree instead of going right out of high school when most people cannot even decide what their major should be.

9. School Dress Code

 

We should not be telling children how to dress themselves in public high school. If you cannot trust a high school student to dress themselves properly then we have hit rock bottom.  Yes, some people like to expose themselves more than others but in the end they are underage and the only real problem with that is the people looking at them in a sexual way.  Also, the market for school clothes is almost a scam.  Most school outfits are not made of comfortable material which a student is expected to wear for hours 5 times a week.  These clothes are not cheap, they waste parent’s money when they could just dress themselves like normal instead of having to buy clothes just for school each year.

10. Bathroom Breaks

 

It is childish to have people who are over the age of 15 to ask for bathroom breaks. Most students are 18 when they graduate meaning they are old enough to smoke, join the army, drive, and take out loans.  Forcing people who are trying to become adults to ask for bathroom breaks just does not make sense.

These are 10 problems I have with the current educational system for the U.S.

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Revolutionaries for Education

Suli Breaks
Today I want to talk about spoken word, my recent favorite has become Suli Break. I first heard of this spoken word videos a few months ago and it was an amazing experience. His video “Why I hate School but Love Education” was inspiring to me.
He stands firm in his words and engages all ages with the way he speaks. I could relate to his speech as a current college senior trying to understand what was my end goal for schooling, has it me prepared for the world? I know that many college students are lost. Everyone keeps telling us, stay in school get good grades because it will help your future but is that really the case? I wonder this all the time but my mind has been program to just keep going because that is what you’re suppose to do. If you feel that way too you will love this video because Suli Breaks covers this from head to toe.
Education in our society has grown into a mess of marketing propaganda and control environments. There is so much to learn about this world and yet we become confined textbook and test. Our education system needs a widespread renovation to actually create critical thinking and not the same topics that will not apply to most people’s future. Our education should be for the cultivating of the people not a money maker for the few.

Suli Breaks
If you have not seen any of this his work I suggest you watch right now. He is not afraid to hit hard issues of our current day society. His gives words of encouragement and I believe the whole word should have a chance to hear him speak.Education

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Were the Loans for College worth it?

Going off to college is an amazing experience that can mature and grow your personality. You meet new people and get away from your parents giving you the chance to become more independent.  At least that is what most guidance consolers will tell you but is it really worth it?  According to College Data in 2016–2017 the average expense for a public school a year is $24,610 and if you decide you want to go to a private school it basically doubles to $49,320.  This is the amount of money they accept is reasonable for an average 18-year-old just graduating high school to pay off.

So now the question is how do I pay for it?  The first thing that people will encourage is that you try for scholarship money or loans.  Anyone who has ever applied for a scholarship knows that is a gamble.  Unless you are talented at a sports or have amazing grades with a winning essay it is unlikely you will have enough money to pay without loans.  Unfortunately, in our culture we take loans way too lightly.  The amount of debt the U.S. will allow some one under the age of 21 to sign up for is almost criminal.  Let’s just compare things you cannot do before the age of 21.

  1. You cannot legally drink alcohol
  2. You cannot rent a car
  3. You cannot go into a casino
  4. You cannot go to a 21 & up club
  5. Getting your 21 Driver License
  6. Marriage

All of the activities listed above have been accepted by the courts that you are too young to decide on your own to do before you are 21. Yet, going thousands of dollars into debt is not seen as too big of a decision for an 18-year-old to make.  There is a reason the ones above are listed; it is because these are life choices that have major consequences when made thoughtlessly.  Now, I’m not saying that taking out loans for college should be illegal but at some point there should be a limit.

Why do I believe there should be a limit?

I am currently a college student in my senior year. Now I am one of the lucky few to have money to pay for school because of scholarship money from several donators and scholarships for grades, sports, and great organizations like the NAACP.  Not only that but I have parents who never doubt my ability and will support me as much as the can.  As my father would say “Just doing enough for my family is not enough.”  I take my college education very seriously because I know if I fail I will disappoint everyone who believed in me and make the young girls that are in my area believe that graduating college is just a dream.  I believed everyone would view their education like I did coming into college knowing how much work I put into being able to afford this chance.  I learn very quickly that some people do not see the value in what they are doing.

Are you going for the experience or the education?      

I can confidently say that I have encounter several students along the way that sadly never had a chance to make it. Not all the student that get into college actually have the educational level they would need in order to pass the classes.  Now you may think that I am exaggerating but it is true.  They may had been able to do enough to get in but academically they were not ready.  The school can only help you so much with tutoring and maybe you do get a good enough grades to pass but any form of scholarships the school may have gave you is gone because you could do only the bare minimal leaving you to foot the bill the next semester.    Then there are the unwilling students.  These students are the ones who are not ready maturely so the do whatever, whenever they want.  These are the students that you know have the same classes as you but you never actually see them in class.  They are not concerned about student loans or the fact that someone is paying for them, either way they are wasting their money to have fun.  College should be an enjoyable experience however that should not be the reason you go but we have gotten so use to the idea in our society that there are even site for the best party schools and etc.

This is why I believe that there should be a limit to how much a student can take out when applying for loans. Most adults with student loans will tell you that they didn’t understand what they were doing at the time and how much it would affect their future.  College can be a great tool to further your education but that is only if you are ready to receive it.  Do not fall into the trap of student loans.

“What’s the Price Tag for a College Education?” College Data  http://www.collegedata.com/cs/content/content_payarticle_tmpl.jhtml?articleId=10064

 

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My Slice of Life

Hello, My name is Janay and this is my blog.  I believe this will be great way to connect people with useful daily information.  I  intend to quote authors, actors,  and other inspirational people.  Also I will be looking into unique businesses, fashion, and etc.  This site is just a slice of life so I hope you enjoy.

The best way to advocate for yourself is to being ready to advertise who you are and what you are about.  People can always find a common ground like Stevie Wonder has said, ” Music is a world within itself, it is a language we all understand.”

 

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Was Being a College Athlete the Right Choice ?

Being a professional athlete for many is a dream job, but overall it is a one in a million chance that many are willing to fight for.  Yet in our society we greatly encourage children to work as hard as they can to have a shot.  Now days the chance of getting a sport scholarship is reasonable depending on the sport and area.  But then the next question is are they going to give you enough to make it worth it?LSU

Just think about it, the amount of money your parents put into your uniform, shoes, equipment, transportation, clubs, and tournaments. With all the money you put into it, you basically start in debt with spending hoping for the child to become a college athlete.  Don’t forget the biggest thing you give up which is your time.  For most sports you’re expected to give to give 2-3 hrs. of your time throughout the week per day.  So you have at least 10 hrs. required from you at whatever age you start. However, this is just the bare minimum.

If you want to be able to get a scholarship with a good offer you will probably be doing at least 20 more extra hours on your own time.  At the end of the day it’s almost like a full time job that you don’t get paid for and don’t forget about the part where you can get injury for pushing yourself to the limits like your coach asked you too.

Now you need to pay for your surgery and live with the pain if you continue to practice which may lead to long term injury.  Just think about all the injury high school students you know about and how it effects their life.  I know you have at least heard of concussions, too many of those and you a mentally affected of life.

The other option you have is working.  It is pretty common to have a part-time job in high school.  It teaches you life skills and gives you the feeling of your first pay check.  Also it’s a good way to save up money.  Depending on what you want to do you can apply for internship.  You might have a fun job but most may get stuck in a 9 an hour at a fast food places.  So you would be getting 300 a pay check it you are only doing 20 hours a week.   Because you are a college student your boss will probably be flexibly with your schedule.  In addition to getting your first job, you build a resume for future employers.

Now you will be working your whole life so most people will tell you that sports is the better way to go about it but is it really.  The strain of going to practice and playing good enough to keep your spot and scholarship is a demanding way of life.  To know if you are not good enough all those years of practice result in nothing.  Sports are one of the very few things that people spend years on knowing their body will not be able to keep up.  Unlike studying something else like science for 10 yrs. a week that knowledge will stay with you and give you many choices later in life.  In the end you have to choose whether you want to feed your mind or your body.

The 11 types of Christian you will meet

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The 11 types of Christian you will meet

  1. The Judgmental

Now everyone knows who this person in their church is, this is the person that talks about everyone one in the room. They look at you like nothing you do is right and can’t wait to find something to pick at you with. They love being a part of the church events so they can say they are an active member even though their attitude has driven people away from the church.

Number one quote “A real women always keeps her leg crossed and her skirt long.”

Likely to be located in the front of the church with a fan.

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2. I Can Do No Wrong

Then you have the people that act as if sin does not affect their life and that because they read their bibles every day their way is the best way. These are the people that will pretend their past doesn’t exist and make you feel like you are not doing enough to show your faith.

Number one quote “If you just follow the path that I have walked you will be blessed.”
Sits as close as they can by themselves with the biggest bible they can find.

ch3. The Social Media Lover of Christ

 

Now this is a new one but a very popular type of Christian. These are the men and women who post every other day a scripture or them underlining a passage of the bible yet in person you never hear them speak a word about God and only knew they were religious because of what they post on social media.

Number one quote “John 3:16 “

On their phones all during service and stay as far back as they can so they can leave early.

4. It’s been awhile

Everyone knows that one friend who does believe in God but that is about as far as they got. They usually come to church annually on Easter Sunday. Now this group is much nicer than 1-3 but they do not study any scriptures mainly because it is just not on their mind. They tend to have a good heart but do not ask them to find a book out of the bible without the table of contents.

Number one quote “I was going to service but I had work you know I get busy”

You will need to wait for Easter Sunday to find them.

5. I Can Love The World And Jesus

I just want to make it clear, not everything in the world is evil but you know what worldly things are wrong for you. But there is always that group in church that you honestly wonder why they come because they love going clubbing, drink abundantly, and will cuss you out over a church parking spot. Yet they come to every bible study, convention, choir practice and etc. This type of Christian confuses me the most if you want to go clubbing on a Saturday night do not ask to lead devotion in the morning. I know the struggle is hard I do wrong too but I go to church and mind my own business until I can get myself right before I go sing in the choir to tell people about Jesus.

Number one quote “ Only Jesus Can Judge Me.”

They always sit in the middle of the church near the aisle to cheer on the choir.

chur6. I Just came for Jesus

Now this is the Good Christian that will do their best to lead you right, yet there have been dealing with 1,2, and 4 for years and are getting sick of it. They are the ones that will welcome you and try to tell you what their church is about only if you seem interested. This person will sit quietly and listen to the word, talk to the preacher for a little then go home. If they see you are trying your best they will offer their help when needed because at their core they do truly want to help but there is too much foolishness going on in the church for them to want to deal with.

Number one quote “Are you alright sweetheart”

They sit near the front in the middle ready to shout Amen.

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7. I’m in need

Everyone struggles but there are always those people who always need financial help. They never give but are always ready to take. They come to all the social meeting for the food and act as if they are entitled to it. This person is not mean but they are too selfish and always got a testimony.CCH

Number one quote “The devil is busy”

They will be the one with 3 bags sitting on the pews taking up space.

8. Fire and Brimstone

This is the most miserable Christian you will find. They want to follow every word of the bible to the max and believe anything beside the bible is a sin. They are extremely hateful people which is old because most people would agree that Jesus wanted us to love each other but to them if you are not Christian you are evil and should be hated. Do not trust these people they are the worst type of human. `

Number one quote “The one law I will follow is God’s the rest can burn.”
Will be in the very first row and always looks back when they hear any type of sound also drives the church van.CCCC

9.My life is Good

 

When a person truly does their best to keep away from the idiocy of the world they tend to have joy. Sometimes people like this may seem too simple but they are following Jesus in their own way. They do not enter the troubles of this world because they do not want to fight and stay in their bubble. They will never support what they know is wrong but they will not help make things better either.CCC

Number one quote “Ain’t God Good.”
They go to whatever sit is open near their friends.

10. The Backbone

In every church there is those two couples that help the church from falling apart. They are what you hope a Christian would be, they stand firm in their belief but do not make you feel down when you are doing wrong. They organize all the meetings and try their best to get people to come. They will most likely be found by the pastor’s side because he trusts their judgement.

Number one quote “It good to see you this morning, have you thought about coming to the Church picnic next Tuesday. “
Probably doing devotion but will sit next to the church mother afterwards.

CCCCC11. Learn from me

Now this is one of my favorites, this is the old woman with a loving smile. She was a wild one when she was young but changed her ways later in life. She hopes to give wisdom to the youth so they do not go through what she did. She gives everyone she meets a smile and loves reading the daily scripture for church.

Number one quote “Hey baby, how you doing.”
You will find her cooking downstairs for after service lunch.

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Visuals are powerful, people need to see others like themselves to believe they can do it too for example everyone loves the idea of a hero. Heroes are strong and loved by the people they protect.  Here are some great hero’s that you might enjoy that celebrate diversity and show that anyone can be a hero.

So the latest hype in the super hero world is Wonder Woman but did you know she had a sister name Nubia. I am ready for this movie or series; this duo would be amazing.  She has only made an appearance in the comics but I have high hopes for her.

Next on my list is Luke Cage, this superhero blew up the moment Netflix put the series out. Everyone fell in love with the characters humble but brave personality.  Just like everyone else I am waiting patiently for the next season.

Now this next movie will be releasing out soon, the Black Panther has been hype to the max. Everyone is waiting them to hit the theaters.  Several well-known actors like lupita nyong’o who is an amazing woman and Nick Cannon the boy who made his big break as a drummer.

Now this one is a personal favor, Storm. She was my favorite superhero growing up, I wanted to dye my hair to look like hers as a kid and I still do.  She is a part of the x-men and is seen as a leader in the group.

This super hero is not as well-known as some of the other but she is just as good, Vixen. She recently became a part of an animated series and I am in love with the outfit.  If they were to make a movie I hope Lupita claims her role.  She has also made an appearance in the Justice league.

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