U.S. is More UnEducated, UnderEducated, Illiterate: It’s Crisis that Threatens– Security, Democracy…

Being educated in the U.S. is the very foundation of the nation’s existence, but it’s being eroded by rising tide of uneducated mediocrity, which threatens– security, democracy, economy… If an unfriendly  nation had power to impose on the U.S. the mediocre educational performance that exists today, it might well be viewed as an act of war…

U.S. in effect, is committing acts of– irresponsible, suicidal, unilateral… educational disarmament… Its time to engage the uneducated and insist on ‘more’; more schooling, more basics, more science, more math, more art, more humanities, more social studies, more creativity, more everything… It’s ironic that the U.S.– known as the great land of opportunity, world’s largest economy, world’s biggest military power… is becoming a nation of dummies in the 21st Century…

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According to U.S. Department of Education and National Institute of Literacy; 42 million U.S. adults cannot read, that’s about 14%; 21% of adults read below 5th grade level; 19% of high school graduates cannot read; 1 in 4 children grow up without learning how to read… 75% of Americans who receive food stamps perform at the lowest 2 levels of literacy… 90% of high school drop-outs are on welfare… Teenage girls between the ages of 16 to 19 who live at or below poverty have below average literacy skills and are 6 times more likely to have children out-of-wedlock…

Reports show that the rate of low literacy in the U. S. directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year… The basic subsistence of citizens in U.S. society is dependent on the ability to– read, write, simple math… According to John Wayne; life is tough, but it’s even tougher if you are dumb…

In the article Decline of U.S. Educated Puts Nation Security At Risk by Jack Cafferty writes: When you think about some of the greatest dangers facing U.S. national security, you might think about, e.g.; ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Taliban, North Korea, Iran… But a threat that might not come to mind is being educated; and that poses grave danger to security of the country… According to a Council on Foreign Relations Report; the uneducated in the U.S. are national security risk; they pose a threat to the nation’s economic growth, competitiveness…

The Report highlights a Defense Department statistic that 75% of U.S. youth don’t qualify for armed forces because of a lack of a high school diploma, obesity, criminal records… Among those who do qualify, 30% don’t pass the military’s aptitude test. If ‘all’ people in the U.S. are not adequately educated country is doomed… Not everyone  agrees with this Report including some members of the task force… But it’s no secret that the number of people in U.S. who are uneducated, undereducated, illiterates… represent a grave threat to the country’s sustainability…

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In the article Blissfully Uneducated by Victor Davis Hanson writes: Americans increasingly are becoming blissfully uneducated; since they are not required to study basic knowledge of– science, math, language, literature, philosophy, history… This is not new; in 1960s– perhaps due to frustration over the Vietnam War, perhaps as a manifestation of the cultural transformations of the age– universities jettisoned ‘classical’ approach [education] and adopted  ‘therapeutic’…

This is, the youths for a generation have been fed a– ‘Studies’ curriculum, and you fill in the blank, e.g.; ‘Women Studies’, ‘Gay Studies’, ‘Black Studies’, ‘Peace Studies’, ‘Chicano Studies’, ‘Film Studies’, and so on… The ‘studies’ aim to indoctrinate students about perceived pathologies in contemporary U.S. culture, specifically; oppressions of race, class, gender…

Many educators and policy-makers believed that U.S. is hopelessly corrupt, incorrigible… And that– church, government, schools, family… stifles the individual and perpetuates a capitalist, male hierarchy… that warps society. So if colleges, universities, others… could educate students to counter these sinister forces, the nation itself could be changed for better… Colleges could serve as counterweight   to the insidious prejudices embedded in the core of U.S… It’s a case of hypocrisy running rampant: many academic who assure students U.S. is hopelessly oppressive are doing greater harm and perpetuating a nation of– uneducated, undereducated, illiterate… people who are unprepared to deal with the real challenges of a global world…

In the article U.S. Obsession with STEM Education is Dangerous by Fareed Zakaria writes: Every month it seems, we hear about children’s bad test scores in math, science… and about new initiatives from companies, universities, foundations… to expand STEM courses (science, technology, engineering, math) and deemphasize the humanities…

This new logic says; a liberal education is irrelevant and technical training is the best path forward… and they say; it’s the only way to ensure that U.S. can survive in an age defined by technology and shaped by global competition… However, this dismissal of broad-based learning, which include the humanities… is a fundamental misreading of the facts and puts U.S. on a dangerously narrow path for the future…

For decades, the U. S. has led the world in– economics, innovations, entrepreneurship… thanks to exactly the kind of teaching we are now told to defenestrate. In fact, a broad general education helps foster critical thinking and creativity… and this exposure to a wide range of disciplines produces greater synergy and cross-fertilization of ideas… Yes, science and technology are crucial components, but so are– English, philosophy, art… Technology alone is not enough; it’s when technology is married with liberal arts, and married with humanities… that yields the greatest results…

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In the article Educated Population Is Essential to a Nation’s Prosperity by Neil H. Buchanan writes: One bedrock areas of agreement in U.S., for at least last century, is that education is a core commitment of society. We might disagree about exactly what subject matter should be taught in schools, or which government (federal, state, local) should finance education, but rarely wavered in recognition that universal education is a right, and that higher education is a priority, for the sake of the country’s well-being…

This broad agreement has been based in part on civic ideals, on the recognition of the role of education in creating citizens who understand how democracy works. It has also been based on the recognition that education improves the economy and educated citizens are more productive workers…

Some economic concepts are so fundamental that there is very little room for debate. One among that very small set of concepts is the tenet that an educated , population is an essential prerequisite for national prosperity… But these ideals and, more important, their execution have somehow gone awry…

In the article What Does it Mean to Be Educated? by Jon Spayde writes: What does it mean– or more important; what should it mean to be educated? This is a surprisingly tricky and two-sided question: Masquerading as simple problem-solving, it raises a whole laundry list of philosophical conundrums: What topics should be taught? How should they be taught?

Talking about the meaning of education inevitably leads to the question of what is the national priority: Yikes! No wonder answers don’t come easily in a multiethnic, corporation-heavy democracy that dominates the globe without having much of a sense of its own soul…

For many policy-makers education equals– training for competitiveness (boils down to mantra of– more science, more math, more technology… whereas for ‘multi-culturalists’, education is a battle line where they must duke it out regularly with incensed ‘neo-traditionalists’ for– what it means to be educated… Given all these pushes and pulls,  it’s no  wonder that many people feel that they are not being educated in preparation for the world of today… But; What does being educated  really mean?

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Does it mean having  diploma from a college/university which shows that you graduated? Or does it mean something entirely different? What about the bushmen of the Kalahari? Surely, their education helps them– survive, hunt, gather, sustain themselves… Hence it’s probably fair to say that they too are educated, even if they don’t have college degree. Others might say a person is– ‘educated in the ways of’; you pick the area, e.g.; farming construction, food preparation… even though they don’t have college degree… And still others might say that being educated is about learning ‘special’ skills in order to make a deceit living, and the list goes-on…

It seem like for every person has a different definition of– ‘what it means to being educated’… So, what do you think: What does being educated mean to you?