A Mental education

Jason - Fort Collins, Colorado
Entered on October 25, 2008
Age Group: Under 18

“I hate school. I hate math. I hate learning.”

The strangest things about those common statements, I hear them always at school. And my philosophy and belief is that it’s not the public education system that’s flawed, but the underlying mental aspect that keeps kids away from finding education.

I went to a good school when I was young, don’t get me wrong. But even in this school that offered a harder curriculum and a choice technique for enrollment, I still found people complaining about going to school or learning things. One of the saddest complexities about that were that the kids who were making a plethora of complaints were the ones failing.

At a young age, my parents taught me that learning is something to cherish and respect as you grow older. They started myself and my twin reading young by giving us block books as babies to teeth on. That started a joy for reading unrivaled throughout our elementary school years and propels us even still.

When I hit first grade, and certain establishments were discovered over who would be a great success during those first years and who was not shaped people’s views. Those who struggled in school put off homework and didn’t seek help because they felt the fear of failure that scares most every human being.

It even scares our United States government. This year, many candidates are fighting over one of the key topics: education. That is so because recent studies released in the past year discovered the United States is falling behind other nations in literacy rate and technology exploration. Our schools were even farther down the list.

Could the US put in more funding for education? Sure.

Will it change the mental aspect of school from every teenager that I have met in the United States about school? Never.

Even these past few weeks, I have been told more and more that my generation was going to set the standard for the world for many years to come. We have great national debt hanging over our heads, the falling economy to combat, and other social issues to dissect as we move forward. But I still believe that without a strong education that was started before public schooling, nothing will change in Washington.