Friday, October 11, 2013

The Noble Peace Prize and Education

This year’s winner of the Noble Peace Prize was awarded to The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The favorite for this year’s award, according to American journalists was Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who at the age of 12 wrote a blog detailing life under Taliban rule. In retaliation the young Ms. Yousafzai was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. Ms. Yousafzai survived the attack, but clung to life unconscious and in critical condition. Later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in BirminghamEngland for intensive rehabilitation. Today Ms. Yousafzai is the face of an outspoken advocate for the Education of children and Human Rights all over the world.

The main reason I focused on this particular subject is because I wanted to bring attention to the poor state of the Education system in America. Ranking High School Educational scores in 33 countries, the highest American students ranked was 22.

  • In Reading, American students ranked ‘Dead Last’ 33!
  • In Math, American students ranked 27th
  • In Science, American students ranked 22nd

In order for our students to do better in their Education, we as parents got to do a better job of informing our children how important English, Math, and Science are important in escalating in future endeavors, regardless of their goals.

We as a society, especially Tea Party Republicans have to stop demonizing teachers as being nonessential employees. Teachers are the caretakers of our children while we as parents are doing what we have to do to make sure bills are paid and food is on the table.

Last but definitely not least, our American students need to get it through their heads that America’s Education system is not something that should be mistaken for some kind of place they go to see who are most popular, and discuss the most viewed video on YouTube.

It just breaks my heart to know that it was a sure death penalty for any slave to be caught in any way trying to upgrade their intelligence, and our young students of today take Education as a given and not an opportunity.

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