The educational system in America is something that most Americans are quite proud of. Every American child has the opportunity to get a free education via public schools that are funded by the state, federal and local government. Public schools teach a set curriculum and use standardized tests to track the progress of their students.
In addition to this free public schooling, parents have the opportunity to homeschool their children, or to send them to a private school. This system ensures that every child, no matter where in America they live, and no matter what their parent’s financial situation is, has a chance to get a high quality education.
While it is certainly a good thing that every child has the opportunity to get a good education, as a former high school principal and district administrator, I often find myself wondering whether our educational system is doing enough for the youth of America. The educational system in America ensures that most young people achieve a basic standard of literacy and numeracy, and teaches history, science and geography too, but does it prepare children for the challenges of the real world, and does it teach the most important skill of all – how to learn?