Well, that was a nice weekend break, but now I suppose I must get back to the ol' grind.
Education is something that has bothered me for a while, especially the state of it in the USA. Now, we've all heard the stories of all the countries that outrank America in education based on standardized tests, and to me, that is completely unsatisfactory. I was lucky enough to have a good education in one of the better districts in the country, but many cannot afford this luxury. I hear all the time on the news about teachers complaining or striking for better pay, more benefits, etc., but the condition of our students says they deserve otherwise. When it comes down to it, is it not mostly on the teachers that we rank so poorly? To some extent it is the system, curriculum is decided by the state, hours decided by the district, but the teachers are the ones in the classrooms, teaching our children, and they are ultimately responsible for attending to all of them, and making sure they succeed.
In many other countries, the children are pushed harder in their education, such as more hours in the school day, more days in the school week, and after-school classes to teach them further. In America, this is nowhere near the case. School is about slacking off, doing the minimum to get by, and getting away with it. If we ever want to fix this country for good, the most logical place would be to start at education, because it is the most basic thing necessary for people to improve themselves, and the world they live in.