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“Washing machines do more than just spin our laundry. They help build our economy.” That was the title of a recent Washington Post article, written by Associate Editor Liz Plaza. In the article, Ms. Plaza correctly identified what most students don’t understand about how education works: namely that it is an investment. However, according to Washington, what problem does education resolve?
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The Post asked some important questions, which were not answered in the article. For example, in asking how that particular machine might impact a student’s life, the Post forgot to mention that the student might be able to control his or her own life through education. What’s more, in the Post’s telling, the student is actually the main beneficiary of education. Ms. Plaza and the rest of the media have not told the whole story. So, what is the problem?
As a pre-school teacher and a writer of education articles for the past decade, I have always been curious as to what kind of impact one student can have on another. And I also wonder how much impact a classroom can have on a child from an early age through adolescence. Beyond personal development, we must also consider learning and teaching methods, curriculum, facilities, and support systems. Can education benefit all the students who are born in our nation? Absolutely! However, there are differences among students and amongst children in terms of need and capability for education.
In a perfect utopia, every child would be properly educated, no matter what their ability. We know that such a utopia does not exist, so we need not worry about our children’s education. Still, if you are asking, “What problem does education solve?” then you may have already begun to search for answers to that question yourself. Educating a nation of uneducated people may seem like a challenge, but it is one that is easily solved with the right attitude and the right strategy.
If we are to view education as the solution, then perhaps it is the students who need to be educated. They are the ones who will become citizens someday. They are the future of our nation, and we owe it to them to give them the best opportunities possible. They are the future scientists, inventors, doctors, engineers, and business leaders. It is through their schools that they learn to adapt, to thrive, and to dream big.
Parents, in particular, have a major role to play in the success of their children’s education. Responsible parents feed the intellectual capital of their children through teaching them and then helping them find and develop mentors to help them achieve their full potential. Parents who care about education will do whatever is necessary to ensure that the teaching is well done, and that the students are helped to realize their dreams.
The problem is when a teacher makes bad decisions, or the student’s parents make bad choices. When a teacher or a student makes bad choices, the end result is no educational progress, and students get left behind. Where is the balance between education and society? Who ends up getting all of the education benefits and none of the negative consequences? The answer to that question is: No one!
Education is not an end, but rather a means to an end, which is to help students solve problems so that they can achieve their full potential. Education should be considered as a means to an end; it should never be seen as an end itself. Hopefully you have discovered how the education system in Washington, DC can help you learn more about this interesting subject.
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