Why the Focus Needs to Be Education?
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright
The 2016 Presidential Campaign is still on the rise, and
it promises to be the most active one in recent history. There
are many pre-candidates, and the debates have caught worldwide
attention, but there has been hardly any discussion at all
about the most important value of all: education. The recent
terror attacks in Europe and the United States have shifted
the discussion almost exclusively on terror and immigration.
But the shift threatens to send America into an educational
abyss. In a recent article on BBC, the United States comes
in 28th in the global rankings on education (http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32608772).
In a time of world crisis, America strives on its might, economic
and technological gains to maintain its place as the world’s
superpower, but a country that ignores its role in education
risks its place in history. America needs to refocus its vision
Nelson Mandela stated that “the single most powerful weapon
in the world is education.” He knew from personal experience
that physical weapons did not have any long term effect on
changes in society. The African American struggle in the United
States was exemplified by the foundation of schools, Black
Colleges and other educational institutions in a time when
education was almost entirely segregated. It is no coincidence
that the first minority President in the US is African American.
The only way that America is going to regain its respect and
influence throughout the world is if it refocuses its vision
While we debate and discuss who is and who is not an American,
hundreds of children continue to lag academically behind in
schools. While we discuss who is and who is not banned from
our borders, high school teenagers are dropping out of school.
While we determine which candidate is up on the polls, thousands
of high school seniors are at risk because they failed their
state standardized exams. The No Child Left Behind Act of
2001 required state accountability and rigorous levels of
academic expectations, but it has primarily dwelled on “teachers
teaching for the test”. And students continue to struggle
and fall behind.
Ignorance is painful. Yet, the political rhetoric continues
to sway the house of public opinion. Sustained economic growth
is synonymous of educational advancement. Education is what
sustains the foundations of a nation. The more America delays
action the faster its unsurmountable downfall. A vision in
education is the only situation in which people connect with
true values. Why the focus needs to be education? You answer