- Posted August 16, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Instill Respect for Education Again
Can you name the war in which the Battle of Brandywine was fought? What bodies of water does the Erie Canal connect? How does the human liver compare in size to the other glands of the body?
These are only a few of the over 50 questions found on a 1912 8th grade that was given in Bullitt County, Kentucky. That test has garnered quite a bit of press attention lately as people are pondering over the current condition of education in America. Has education in America been downgrading in value over all these years?
Not surprisingly, that could be up for a lengthy debate. What is clear is that there are hundreds of thousands of high school students dropping out every year. In addition, I feel that many children today just aren't giving as much care to their education as they ought to be. With the proliferation of diversions and distractions, I think a lot of my generation is coming to find putting time toward their education just not that enjoyable or even valuable anymore.
I find this incredibly unfortunate. Even though we're battling through these tough economic times, we still need to make sure that my generation is fully equipped to deal with all the new challenges that will one day be hurled our way. We simply cannot allow education to remain on the back burner any longer. We truly need to revive a national dialogue on it, reignite a love of learning, and help my generation appreciate the fact that education will be a key in shaping our future.