The Crisis of the American Educational System
The crisis facing the American educational system makes curriculums in schools focus on tools for performance. Nevertheless, the system does not prepare students for employment opportunities. The educational system has failed to prepare its students with both technical and professional know how that would ensure quality efficiency and income of the economy. This lack of well-grounded candidates for the job market has led to fewer American citizens being employed and as such has affected the overall productivity of the country. This has been a significant issue of public debate causing a few proposals from specialists to be brought forward towards resolving the issue.
By 1973, only about forty percent of the American workforce was made up of high school graduates. This was because the major source of income in the economy was manufacturing. During this time, it was possible for those with minimal training and strong work ethics to secure middle class wages. This meant that a high school diploma was the key to the American dream (Dawson and Olsen, 2010, p. 68). In 2007, the job market called for an entirely different level of expertise and the education system was failing to provide this expertise. For starters, the job market had grown by about seventy percent. The increase in the job market called for graduates with increased knows how and expertise that far superseded that of a high school graduate. This saw the debates that seek to find a solution to the American education system open (Dawson and Olsen, 2010, p. 68).
The educational crisis has been studied by many researches with the purpose of discovering its incapability. They believe students need the right skills to take on jobs useful in the labor market. A broader plan for school reforms is put forward as one of the possible solutions o the education system problem. This idea proposes that we look for other avenues through which the American dream can be attained. An excellent example would be sports or music. Through such avenues, it is possible to increase the overall productivity of a population, not only from academic oriented careers but also from other avenues that utilize our talents (Zafran, 2010, p. 49).
Another method that can be implemented would be involving employers in the training of potential future employees (Zafran, 2010, p. 96). Training would ensure that employers get high quality graduates already conversant with the organization’s processes. Such practitioner skills would make the graduates into a valuable tool for an organization. This would also prepare graduates with appropriate knowledge and pragmatic skills of the field they want to venture in. It would also be of immense benefit to the country if everyone had a stake in the educational responsibility. In this manner, every student would be experienced enough to ensure all youths in the area have obtained formal educational skills (Zafran, 2010, p. 120).
If these and more changes were made to the current education system, we would be better placed to prepare American graduates to satisfy the requirements of the ever-growing business markets worldwide. Such attention should be not only be assuring to graduates about their satisfaction in the labor market, but also to the entire world. The educational system has failed to prepare its students with both technical and professional know how that would ensure quality efficiency and income of the economy (Smith, 2004, p. 213). The increase in the job market called for graduates with increased knows how and expertise that far superseded that of a high school graduate. Avenues it is possible to increase the overall productivity of a population, not only from academic oriented careers but also from other avenues that utilize our talents (Smith, 2004, p. 283).