The 3rd Rail of Local Politics

Posted Tuesday, February 22, 2011, at 7:13 AM
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  • Charles I disagree with you ..[surprise?] I don't believe that they student today has less knowledge. I do believe however that:

    1] our world is more closely connected and so the employers can draw from a pool of employees from the entire world in many cases and not just from local area. This has driven up the competition for jobs so where 40 years ago someone with a GED was trained by the telephone company to repair phones and related lines both on the pole and switching systems within buildings, now that position is filled by someone with a 2-4 year degree.

    2] Due to advancements there is so much more we have to learn. Medicine, engineering, manufacturing. Even the way minerals are extracted from the earth has changed. Arthroscopic surgery didn't exist, nor did advancements in cancer treatments other than whacking off huge portions of the body in hopes that you would get it all. Even in your own profession there are more X vs X cases to refer to and remember merely because there have been many more "landmarks" to site. No matter what the career, so much more has happened in the past 40-50 years.

    I think there is no single answer or entity more responsible. The teachers and school corporations need to realize that education is not the way their daddy's was and guidance needs to make this clear to each student that it is no longer ok to just get a high school education if they want to eat as well as move out of their parents' house at some point. The student and parents though also need to take ownership of the situation as well and realize that there is no easy button. No minimum requirement that is "enough" to squeak by and get a diploma and that be sufficient. Those at the very top of the heap are the ones who are going to have the most choices when it comes to jobs, colleges, and scholarships. Just having that diploma is no longer the goal. One must push themselves to the limit of their ability to see just how high they can go in school so they will be in a better position when they are ready to leave high school.

    Better schools would be nice, but I firmly believe that we are looking at a future where only those individuals who push themselves to be the best they can be will be successful in society. This is the message that needs to be heard by all the stakeholders in education from the student to the taxpayer. For where more successful people are, there will be a more successful communities...and more successful businesses as those who have heard the message will not want to live in communities without the academic resources to give THEIR children their best chances at success. think about that and how this community really thinks about education and literacy....we have no public county wide library so preschoolers don't have access to a multitude of books so they can find their genre to be addicted to reading at a young age. It's all connected.

    It's like the joke...what do you call the medical student who graduated at the bottom of his class?? Doctor. When there are many to choose from from all over the world, HOW you did in school is going to matter as well as simply graduating from it....No longer are companies hiring all who have graduated. They can now be choosy...and so many haven't yet realized this.

    Have a good day.

    -- Posted by Jenny Moore on Tue, Feb 22, 2011, at 7:28 PM
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