Morality And Education

timwilliams By timwilliams, 8th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Why education and morality go hand in hand. The educational system in the United States has been drifting away form the basic concepts that made this country great.

Morality And Education

Education: Where would society be if there wasn't a system of education in place to provide the nurturing of the mind as well as the body so that any individual will be able to have the availability to gain the knowledge and the background necessary to succeed in life. A Democratic societies existence is solely dependent on the education of all the population. Our Democratic Republic can only succeed and thrive when there is a certain degree of excellence within in the educational systems that are in place. For with-out an educated society civilizations will revert back to the cave of the Neanderthal. The book "The Lord Of The Flies" is a great description of what happens when there is no definitive order or laws of civility imbedded in the minds of youth. A prime example of what happens when the education of a society no longer is justified as being essential but is directed toward a self preserving role of rule.

When a child is born it is the parents or now in most cases a parent who has a major responsibility in nurturing their newborn towards creating a lifelong thirst for knowledge. Young minds and especially infant ones are like sponges. They absorb everything. The best way to start to create that life long pursuit begins the sooner the parent gets involved. Their are many of factors that have placed major obstacles in infants and preschool age children's way to acquire the attitude, ability, and attributes in creating that life long desire for education. Least we not forget the purpose of education is not to make scholars although some will become scholars anyway but to provide students with a moral virtue-an openness. That openness is the ability to comprehend, interpret, and practice that moral virtue

The United States educational system have failed the youth of this country. A retardation in concepts, morals, and ideals all consistent with the political views being established by ruling parties has penetrated our who society. Through supreme court decisions, the relaxing of standards in school systems, and the general Dr. Spock attitude that prevailed from the late 1960's to today have under minded the educational process from what we were at the beginning of the 1960's to our failure to even attain to be in the top 10% educational systems of all the industrial countries today. Compounded with what little employment opportunities there are have become more involved with new technologies that require more education. The major question now is; How to prepare our youth for the jobs of the 21st. century? In order to answer that question we have to start at what worked from the end of World War II to 1970. From that period the United States was a pillar for educational standards. Our High Schools were creating students that excelled to the top of the world in math and science. Today our students are not even in the top 15% What has happened?

The changes in education over the past 40 years is in direct correlation to current political views. As those who are governing the views expressed predicates the changes that are undertaken in education. Always important is the political regime, which needs citizens who are accord with it's fundamental principle. Democratic education as in the United States, whether it admits it or not, wants and needs to produce individuals who have the knowledge, tastes, and character supportive of a democratic regime. When our country was founded four core principles were used; Liberty, Justice, Morality, and Education. Outlined in our Declaration Of Independence which conveyed "this nation was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Independence that is conveyed in the Declaration appeals to each persons reason as the goal of education which produces the democratic man. This was entirely a different approach in establishing our educational goals back when our country was founded. A transformation from the education of democratic man to the education of the democratic personality has evolved in the span of just the last half century. What has transpired is a so subtle but very effective political posturing to create now an educational environment that no longer tolerates, recognizes and accepts man's natural rights. Men who found a fundamental basis of unity and sameness. Whether we accept this transformation or not the degree of this shift in education is too profound to ignore any longer. To secure our nations future while preserving our heritage a national educational reform initiative must begin.

The disintegration of the family unit has had one of the most dramatic effects on the demise of education through-out this country. The majority of youth today are being raised by a single parent. Studies have now proven that when children are raised by a single parent compared to children raised by both mother and father the majority of youth who are raised by both parents performed better in school. One of the biggest factors attributed to the increase in single parent homes is how the decline of morals have led to the resurgence of teen pregnancies. The other major factor today are the financial and current economic conditions that have all caused so much stress in the lives of so many parents. Today this mounting stress is very much a factor in the fragmentation of families all across America. All of which often leads to a continuing increase of single parents that now have to raise a child or in allot of cases children.

Back in the 1950's and 1960's the United States was economically sound with a stable and growing middle class. We were at the height of the greatest economic expansion in our history following World War II. Their was more deposable income for family's to use. The tax base was sufficient to provide all the services that promoted well rounded educational systems. The youth of that generation were provided with every available opportunity to participate in all manner of extra- curricular activities whether it was Athletics, Arts, or Music. Not only that; the education they received actually prepared the students with the ability to succeed in what ever employment opportunities they got. It was a time of shared goals and a genuine vision for the publics future. There was much attention to the historical origins of our country and toward tolerance of all others. Where today they are thought as being essentially flawed, regressive and even obsolete. The morality of the times in the 50's and 60's most of the youth form elementary through high school had basically the same morality as their parents. When compared with what was deemed appropriate behavior, dress and speech to today says allot about the basic decline of proper etiquette, manners, and our youth's ability to comprehend values that were instilled in the education of our youth. Not to say the majority of youth of that generation behaved like angles but most were generally better prepared for life outside of school than today.

When governmental policies arise out of political expedience dictate the direction of education as what has been occurring for the past 40 or so years not only under minded our basic core principles but completely pointed our countries education in an entirely different and potentially very devastating direction not only to our youth but to the future of a country. This foundation that had been the bedrock of our country is now ripe with a deterioration almost so complete that this nation has to now fortify this base or face a very uncertain future. What is needed now is complete Educational Reform. Charter schools, home schools, private and public school systems must aline themselves with the sole purpose of preparing the youth of today and the youth of the future for success in life. To be a contributor to society, the economy, to their country and to the world. Education Reform with that purpose will ensure the future of not only for generations to come but for the continuing growth and prosperity of the United States.

The fist step in a reform of this magnitude is to recognize the facts that have placed the United States in serious jeopardy. Since 1993 the United States has lost over 22 million middle class jobs. These are the tax base producing level of incomes that every city and town needs to support school systems all across the country. When this magnitude of lost wages are no longer there no amount of budget cuts are ever going to make up the difference in securing the needed funding to support school systems. The only way to recoup that amount of lost revenue is by reforming those policies that caused the astronomical amount of wage producing jobs to disappear. It is imperative that National Economic Reform be presented to Congress and be passed. With passage of this bill a unity of purpose will transport this country toward rejuvenating those business that were coerced by governmental policies into shedding American jobs. Where corporations were free to profit more from this exodus of American jobs. Within National Economic Reform will be the establishment of Universal Health Care. When The Affordable Health Care Bill of 2010 was passed only pushed business further away from achieving any economic gain. When this country to implement a program similar to the European Health Care system the business climate in the United states will finally be able to regain more financial mobility. A positive economic domino effect that will benefit every American.

To secure more economic expansion in creating more revenue in establishing sufficient tax bases all across the country a renewed energy policy included with passage of National Economic Reform will ensure that the United States will no longer spend billions of debt ridden dollars on foreign fuel. The price of fuel will now be affordable and plentiful ensuring more positive economic growth.

With so much emphasis now paid on the importance of performance base exams in schools today has only categorized schools and students alike. This results in stigmatisms that render both schools and students almost incapable of excelling not only academically but socially as well. Emphasis must be placed on each individual's ability to absorb what is being taught. When educators as well as our legislatures realize that each child and student is unique and yet very much alike, each one learns at a different pace, and each one is capable of achieving and excelling in society will curriculums be revamped. With course structure that is targeted toward students learning capabilities this will enable every one to have the opportunity to succeed in school and in society. Curriculums now have to be align themselves with the advances in technology and, yet include the rich heritage of the past. This with-out interpretation but reviewing history as it actually happened mankind will have a much better chance in not repeating it. This is why grasping the knowledge of history is so important for preserving our future.

With so many students today vying to advance their existing education by applying to Universities of higher education so many are thwarted because of monetary constraints. No longer are these students capable of gaining the employment opportunities if they haven't attained a proficient degree of excellence or accreditation in the fields of learning appropriate to the employment opportunities that are available. There are two thing that have to occur before this situation is resolved and our society will begin to see positive results. One is that funding for higher education as well as secondary and elementary education has to be more readily available. When students apply for a Pell Grant for example the criteria for receiving that grant the parent or student should not be penalized or their financial security jeopardized when incomes and savings are under a predetermined cap. Granted there has to be justification for such as a cap on what will qualify for receiving any financial grants. But the purpose of grants is so that students who apply will receive them based on previous academic worthiness and family or individual income without jeopardizing the pre-existing financial security they may have.

What is happening in the United States today is that their are so few employment opportunities available for all those with certain education to put that education to use in the fields they were trained in. There has to be employable opportunities readily available for those who are now trained in a particular field. Today we have so many graduate degree individuals who are trapped into employment that is so foreign to what their education trained them for in the first place. This under-employment is so detrimental not only to themselves but for our countries future. This second part to securing our future has to begin with governmental policies as well as business themselves. Reforming trade policies while encouraging business with tax incentives to retain and hire more employees instead of shifting employment opportunities over seas just to increase profits. This will create more economic expansion and more educational offerings here in the United States.

With so much decline in morality in our society today only to be expounded by the way the media stereo types and actually glamorizes certain types of behavior today especially the way they cover teen pregnancies.all across the country only exasperates the decline of education in America today. The United States is by far the leader of all industrialized nations with the occurrence of teens who become pregnant. Where one in six teenage girls becomes pregnant only accelerates an already deterioration in morals of our society as a whole. When our founding farther's envisioned what the future would hold for the new nation little did they realize that the advances in technology would create an entirely reversal of moral values that sustained this nations educational standards. Whether we choose to acknowledge it or not morality is the one factor that guides education of any society. When moral values are no longer re enforced whether by parents, teachers, public officials and especially the media there is a corresponding decline in education of societies. It is imperative that to secure this reformation in education within the United States there has to be a definitive effort on the part of public officials, educators, the media, parents, and students to recognize the validity and importance of moral values in the role that they play in the quality of education at all levels.

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Education, Educational Ideas, Moral Responsibility, Morality

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I am a feature writer for The Tampa Bay Examiner and The American chronicle. Earned Ph.D in Economics

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