AP English Language
13 November 2013
To what extent do our schools serve the goals of a true education?
What is education? Learning something new? No; education is grasping on information and putting it to good use throughout your life. Education is basically gaining knowledge that is relevant to life. When I say relevant to life I mean to target America’s educational system. In this system, we learn about everything and anything that will never help us throughout our lives as mature adults. I’ve realized that education and knowledge are considered closely intertwined by many. In the educational system in America, it shouldn’t. Knowledge is gained by education, but not the education that America provides-- random and useless facts. If a human can gain the proper information it could use the knowledge to create his own opinions about certain things. That is what makes us human. If the educational system in America keeps going on with this same system we will all eventually be considered robots. Robots are programmed to listen and incorporate whatever they are told. Ralph Waldo Emerson could have never been more spot on with his theory. He believed that children should not be taught like robots, but believed that children should be provided with enough information for them to become interested and further explore. This way they can create their own way of thinking and every person can be different. Everyone looks different on the outside, why make them be the same on the inside? All of the scholars we cherish today were the ones that weren’t poisoned by the system and were able to break through. These people were able to create their own sense of thinking and become global icons that everyone strives to become, but they never can. The American education should be considered a gem compared to other nations. Just ask Kyoko Mori. She went through both Japanese and American educational system. The Japanese system is much worse because not...