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Public Education, Your Children and The Future

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Christopher Harris

By and large, I prefer to encourage children towards entrepreneurship and business ownership, instead of job seeking and being an employee. As I have aged, matured and become more aware, I have become very critical of the Public Education System. This is because I now realize that it is a Prussian System, designed by Marxist minded people, who did not necessarily have the goal of “Educating” children, but to turn out unthinking “good little worker bees”.

However, I have to admit that in our current economy, having a job beats the heck out of not having a job. Jobs definitely serve a purpose, and there are skills that can be learned “on the job” that may be difficult to learn elsewhere. But what role is the Public Education System supposed to play in the economy of an Unhyphenated America?

Take a look at this chart I found from Rasmussen College, on the “Job outlook for tech jobs”.

Public Education System - Training for the Future

When I look around, I have to ask, “If they aren’t going to teach entrepreneurship, shouldn’t the Public Education System at least be preparing children for the jobs of the future?”

We are constantly hearing these reports that American children are, at best, mediocre (compared to the rest of the industrialized world), when it comes to the STEM’s (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), and it is appalling, and confusing to me at the same time. I ask myself, “How could we be a nation that in the span of a decade, went from barely being able to shoot off a bottle rocket to putting a man on the moon, yet a mere two generations later, our children suck at Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics??”

And don’t even get me started on the difference in proficiency and achievement in the STEM’s right here in America between children of different ethnic groups. Back in 2011, a Georgia school district had more than half (54%) of it’s 52,000 Black students FAIL the End of Course Test for Mathematics Examination. The best thing about the STEM’s, is that they are totally colorblind, in the purest sense of the word. As was shown with this Black family in the United Kingdom when their 8-year old twins became the youngest ever to pass the University of Cambridge’s advanced mathematics exam, there is no room for someone’s bias with math, either the numbers add up, or they don’t. Either you get the right answer, of you don’t.

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So if your children are going to be employees instead of entrepreneurs and business owners, it only makes sense that they should have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to make them the best candidates for the jobs of the future. Many of the best paying jobs are overwhelmingly going to be in the Computer Science and Information Technology sector. As the chart above shows, an entry level “Technical Support Specialist” job pays a median annual salary of $46,000, which is fairly impressive when you realize that the median household income for the entire United States (in 2013) was just over $51,000. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,  when you start getting into the slightly more advanced computer science or IT fields (some requiring a degree), you start looking at salaries that are usually about 150% higher than the current median household income.

Those high paying STEM jobs will either be filled by foreigners brought here on H-1B visas, or they will be filled by our nations own children, who have been properly educated in the STEM’s. If we can put a man on the moon within a decade, there is absolutely no reason why we can’t dramatically improve the STEM achievement of our children within a decade. So once again,  I have to ask, “If they aren’t going to teach entrepreneurship, shouldn’t the Public Education System at least be preparing children for the jobs of the future?” And remember, there really is no room for racism in the STEM’s, it’s the perfect field to help foster a more Unhyphenated America.

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