Please don’t misunderstand me here, but, the education system is much different growing up in the 21st century where technology has evolved into a massive economic boom. In fact, this has changed the way teachers run their classroom. In order to engage children in their learning, teachers have introduced ipads and many other devices into the classrooms so that children can play math games on these so-called “apps.”
All things considered, our society is very enriched with social media in schools and I don’t mean just students because I’ve seen plenty of teachers ignore their students needs by disconnecting from their environment. How exactly are they disconnecting? Well they set that text from their husband or wife-that can wait- as their top priority instead of worrying about the students needs; then they go on to banter inside the classroom about their home life, politics, and how they haven’t gotten a raise in over 8 years. Yes, stuff like this does happen inside the classroom whether you think so or not. Not to mention, our taxes go to these people! I feel that in the field of education, we have have shown that we have low regards for our children in the future by showing them that their success does not matter to us. This can be seen in many forms, knowing that our teachers are getting paid 35,000 annually and in some cases lower than that…they go to extremes for our children and some of them even work another job because it is not enough to make ends meet for their families. By not paying our teachers enough it has gone to show that we have very little regards of our teachers jobs so therefore, our children are not going to have access to the best education. What we are giving to our teachers is what we are giving to our children. So many people stress the importance of giving our future generations a better education, but if we want this to be possible, for our kids to have a better education, than we need to start by investing into our teachers. There are so many studies that prove my point. Despite all the money that we are putting into these schools, it seems as though our children’s reading comprehension levels are declining for the worst instead of for the better. So where is the money actually going? No one really knows….However, here is what is shocking to me:
According to the National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL), people’s reading ability has declined, despite increasing costs of schooling and increasing percentages of people making it all the way through high school generation, vs. generations ago (Show and Tell for Parents 1).
Approximately 50% of United States adults were categorized as having the lowest two of five levels of literacy, the 2003 government survey reported (Show and Tell for Parents 2).
The survey above tested these things: prose literacy, document literacy, quantitative literacy.
The sad reality is that this proves that people are not spending enough time reading anymore, especially our youth. Is this concerning to you or not?! It should be as a future parent or advocate for your child. There is obviously many issues that need to be addressed in the education system. First off, why shouldn’t teachers make their students read for fun in the classroom? If our children don’t read for pleasure then how will they be able to read critical information? This is a problem because their brains haven’t grasped these essential concepts and can’t grasp them if they do not read daily. If they are not reading a lot then their brain is not able to develop these abstract concepts like visualization, imagining things during reading, inventing ideas, or creating- but in order to form these you have to put in a lot of reading time- instead this leads to the decline of our future and generations to come. We need to spend time on complex ideas and words and teach our children not to skip over unknown vocabulary but to sound it out and look it up in a dictionary. In order to write eloquently teachers need to spend a colossal amount of time on building these skills that are imperative in the real world. So then what is the problem, what factors could possibly be contributing to decreasing levels of reading comprehension?
Well, it could be numerous things, children could be overexposed to other activities like technology- TV, Video Games, iPads, and computers- so their parents might not put a limit to how much time they spend on the screen. As a matter of fact, since both parents usually work nowadays that simply means that they spend less quality time reading with their children. These are a few of the many factors that have an influence on why so many children have reading deficiencies in the United States.
But. . . .Change starts with you, the community. In order to influence change one has to speak out against injustice, start a petition, after all it is your first amendment right protected by the Constitution. Don’t be discouraged from speaking out or showing your beliefs. I have come to know many teachers, some of them have been great and will forever leave a handprint on my heart and other teachers I’ve had have been not so wonderful and preach in the classroom about how they wish they would have chosen a different occupation; those ones are bitter because they feel overworked and under appreciated. Isn’t now the time to show them how much we care and truly need them in our lives? Is this the future we want for our children? Only you can answer that question and I hope the answer is what I think it is