The premise in our last class was the education system in the United States. As the video shows and what we see around us the education system in America is lacking. The video states that out of the top 28 countries in education America is number 20, a huge decrease since the last several years. In my opinion, I feel that this country focuses more on making a profit out of education than investing in education for the future of the country. Standards in getting a job are getting higher and higher while efforts to get those standards keep lacking and lacking.
The heart of this issue is the educational institution itself. Schools hire teachers with low qualifications and thus students are in the hands of those “professionals.” Also, salaries for teachers are low and so teachers themselves have a low incentive to be effective. Some states don’t even require teachers to have a master’s degree, so how effective can a teacher even be if they only have average academic qualifications?
One of the bigger issues in the education system in this country is the cost of higher education and the student loan debt problem. The cost of higher education continues to rise and many students are unable to pay for those kind of tuitions. With the way the job market is students are even reluctant to take out college loans and so the other way out is by not going to college thus leading to an unprogressive future for this country.
To remedy the issue of education I believe that higher education should at least be affordable, teachers should have higher qualifications and higher wages to establish a positive reinforcement for them, and the country as a whole should stop focusing on making such a profit out education and start investing more and more in it.