Education is one the best contributions that America offers to the world. The United States is where many of the most excellent institutions of higher education are located. The US primarily boasts of its Ivy League.
Despite being home to some of the best academic foundations, the education system in America, in general, also receives its share of criticisms and disapproval.
The problem lies in the issue of these best scholarly institutions being too expensive for the average American to afford. How then shall the progress of the general public take place, if America only educates the affluent class? Where does the average American stand if they have the intellect but not the financial capability needed to obtain the good education that their own nation is very much capable of providing them?
Even more, where does America rank in education? How does the education system in America compare to those of other countries?
The Education System in America: When We Make it all About Grades
How does completion of studies work in an American school?
Comparing the education system in America to that of the United Kingdom, we do not have a standard national curriculum that all schools, colleges, and universities have to follow. Hence, students are not prepared enough to take national examinations.
American students aim to obtain a high school diploma, after which they may choose to pursue a higher education. They then take the national SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test) to get a score that is good enough to get into their priority choice of institution.
Basically, American students’ academic strengths and intellectual capacities are gauged by way of grades in the form of numbers, letters, and SAT scores. Community work and involvement in athletics are also significant factors for them to be accepted to their desired university. Some institutions also further assess applicants through standardized college aptitude examinations, including the foundation subjects of language and literature, mathematics, social sciences and current events, and logical reasoning.
Fast forward to years and years of hard labor at the University; students are handed their final academic evaluation in the form of their transcript of records. This transcript contains their grades and awards if any. Their transcript and their diploma are already an achievement after having completed higher education, whether or not they graduated with flying colors.
After that, the question of employment arises. In a nation divided by social classes and status, where the bias toward blue-chip universities is rampant, how does the average American degree holder ever manage to fare well in the job market?
Where Does America Rank In Education: The Decline of American Education in Global Rankings
Private organizations release university rankings on either a quarterly or yearly basis. The results vary from one survey company to the other. Therefore, these rankings are deemed very subjective. They also classify their rankings according to the field of expertise, and there is also the valuation of certain countries’ education systems in general, and not only their performance per college or university. This is where the countries’ rankings jumble and reshuffle.
Despite this, these rankings still make for a rather fair assessment measure for nations to use to evaluate and reevaluate their education system. America is not entirely behind, but the likes of Finland and Japan manage to fare better, owing to the unconventionality of their approach to educating their young citizens.
It is not, however, too late for a thorough study to restructure the education system in America, where and when it may be needed. This is not an easy feat. We cannot just walk into the Department of Education and request a major change in the system; it just does not work that way. After all, in education, there is money at play and a large amount at that. In many cases, education in the United States means business; that is why it is all about the scores and grades.
Is our country truly divided?If so, how divided is America in 2017?
We may never know the exact level of division, but understanding the nature of division among the American society is a crucial step towards creating a more inclusive and progressive society.
In what ways might America be divided?
Socio-Economic Status and Education
Education was once upon a time a ticket to success, which used to involve advancement up the socio-economic ladder.
Now, as the United States continues to disintegrate in so many ways, it seems like the situation is the other way around. Education of excellent quality in America can make for a great foundation from which you will be able to build a career to make it skyrocket. That is a vision fueled by ambition. It is a clear-cut representation of the great “American Dream.”
To earn a degree from a recognized academic institution in the US, however, will cost you a large sum of money. Graduating from a university seems to be catering to the affluent, and the less wealthy end up under a pile of student loans which they will have to pay for using their first month’s’ earnings from a job that is not even guaranteed yet.
These days, the problem lies in that you first need to come from money for you to obtain a good education.
The United States is a massive melting pot where people of different shapes, sizes, and colors, from diverse ethnic groups and heritages, and with very distinct backgrounds, come to meet and try their luck at the American Dream.
The American population is composed of people of various racial descent who are supposed to have come to meet on the US soil to unite and not to instigate such a great collapse. We may be from different bloodlines, but we are ultimately Americans. At the end of the day, we are supposed to work hand in hand and not aim at each other’s neck. Sadly, that is just not the situation in reality.
Culture and Subculture
The co-existence, which is not exactly harmonious, of numerous cultures and subcultures, are also contributors to the great American divide of today.
There is the dominant ruling culture whose members have significantly immense power over the minority. To clear the air, the dominant culture in the American society does not necessarily equate to being bigger in the number of members. They belong to the ruling culture because they have the material wealth, the political power, and the advantage of belonging to a globally acknowledged religion, among many other kinds of edges over the rest of the ordinary citizens.
The American Dream Is Now Crumbling into the American Divide.
We are in a colossal discord. This disagreement may deserve a decent discourse more than being met with violence and wrath. The United States of America is definitely drifting apart, with the American Dream nothing more than a fantasy for the less privileged ones.
Just Exactly How Divided Is America in 2017?
The American people are in a very awkward situation. The factionalism is bad, awful even. We are helplessly watching America fall to bits, and at an incredibly fast rate. That is how America is divided now. What’s left to do is to determine steps on how to lessen this gap before it’s too late.
Tired of giving the same gift every year to your father? It is very hard to choose gifts for men as there is less variety than buying something for women. For me, it’s like I need to have a complete one day for selecting a gift for my dad. I already gave him things that are readily available and within my budget. This time it was very hard for me to find out the best gift for my dad, so I did a little research, and in this article, I am going to tell you about great gift ideas for Father’s day, so that you won’t have to suffer anymore!
Before buying anything make sure to check your budget, so that you can select the gift accordingly. Cheap or expensive, your gift should be as unique as your father. Until now, he had given you so much, so on this very special day, it is your duty to make him feel special. Give him a special gift as a token of your love.
Five Best and Unique Gifts for your Father
There are varieties of gifts to choose from so make sure to pick something unique and unconventional. Study his likes and dislikes and then make a list of gifts which you think he will appreciate. You can also ask help from your family members who knows him best like your granny or mother. The following are our suggested gifts that you can buy for your dad this Father’s day:
1. Stylish Watch
This is the most basic yet a unique and evergreen thing which you can give to your father. A man surely like to have a vast collection of watches. I have heard of Invicta watches. Your dad may appreciate a brand new stylish watch.
2. Beard Trimmer
How about a beard trimmer? A product that he can always use.
I think this is one of the best gifts which your father would like to have. He can use it anywhere, anytime. If your dad likes to groom every day then giving this gift would be the best option for you.
Is your dad a traveler? Then give him a nice branded backpack. There are so many good brands out there which you can go for. Make sure to choose a bag that matches according to his needs. Make sure to get his favorite color in the bags collection. I am sure he will be impressed with your gift.
Carrying a diary is a thing of the past. If your dad is a business man or someone who is tech – savvy, then a tablet or something similar could be the perfect gift!
If your dad loves to read then what are you waiting for? Head over to your nearest bookstore! Make sure to know the genres he prefers; you could also ask who his favorite author is, the best part of it is that books are precious and also budget – friendly.
Explore the things which you think your dad will like to have. Every day is special if you want to make it that way. You can also be a bit sentimental about it by give him card that says… “Dear Daddy, I may find a prince someday, but you will always be my King!” or something similar, make it as cheesy and sweet as possible! He will surely be touched by this simple gesture.
I am sure he will hug you right way because behind every great daughter/son there is an amazing dad!
Democrat Jon Ossoff came extraordinarily close to pulling off a seismic electoral feat Tuesday night in Georgia that would’ve been read as a brutal embarrassment to President Donald Trump.
But coming so close might’ve cost him a seat in Congress.
Although the top Democratic candidate for a vacant U.S. House seat in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District earned the most votes in the special election to replace former GOP Rep. Tom Price, Ossoff failed to clinch a majority of the vote. That means he’s been forced into an onerous two-month runoff campaign in which he’s bound to become a national target for roused Republicans.
As the Democratic Party works to remake itself amid the tenure of President Donald Trump, a timely test case has materialized in the race for Virginia governor.
Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, the originally presumed party favorite to succeed Gov. Terry McAuliffe next year, is no longer the lock for the nomination due to the blossoming candidacy of Tom Perriello, a former one-term congressman who’s embraced the idea that the primary battle is a proxy war over what the future of the Democratic Party should look like.
The Northam-Perriello contest – which will be decided in a June 13 election in one of the country’s most prominent political battlegrounds – will provide the first inkling of the party’s mood moving forward.
Democrats across the spectrum agree the race will be viewed as a national weather vane. But the exact undercurrents at play are in dispute.
In Washington political circles, there is the non-denial denial. (I didn’t do it, but if I did, there was nothing wrong with it.) There is the non-apology apology. (I’m sorry if I offended anyone.) And when it comes to President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans, there is the defense by omission, in which GOPers, if unable to say something nice, just don’t say anything at all. Or at best, demand more information.
As Capitol Hill reels over another Trump White House bombshell – Monday’s late-day reports that the president revealed highly sensitive, classified information to Russian officials in the Oval Office – Republicans were again forced to answer the question of whether they could defend the chief executive.
Multiple California high school students have filed federal lawsuits alleging they were wrongfully suspended and presented to a mob after interacting with offensive Instagram photos posted by another student.
Future rulings in the cases could have a broad impact on American students’ ability to communicate freely online while not in school, with the lawsuits seeking a judgment that the First Amendment allowed the students to “like” photos and write comments.
The Instagram images were shared using a private account and reportedly included a black doll next to a white-robed figure and a noose, as well as photos of African-American students next to apes, creating an uproar at Albany High School north of Berkeley.
More than a dozen students were disciplined by school officials in March, most of them given short suspensions for commenting on or “liking” the content. At least two, including the account’s alleged creator, still are awaiting possible expulsion.
Four students filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month, and were joined by two others who filed their own lawsuit Friday, seeking to clear their disciplinary records and have their actions declared constitutionally protected speech.
Ohio Governor and former presidential candidate John Kasich speaks to reporters after an event honoring the Cleveland Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA championship team, at the White House in Washington in this file photo dated November 10, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque REUTERS
Donald Trump’s shrinking presidency seems to get smaller by the day, eroded by a series of stumbles, missteps and fumbles by Trump and his key advisers, and escalating accusations against them.
Three more furors have broken into public view during the past two days.
First, and most explosive, there was the claim by former FBI Director James Comey, fired recently by Trump, that the president asked him to call off an FBI investigation of former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Part of this probe involves whether Flynn acted improperly with Russian operatives when the Kremlin was trying to damage Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign last year while Flynn was a Trump campaign adviser. Comey made the claim in a memo he wrote to himself at the time of the alleged request, the New York Times reported Tuesday.
Comey wrote that Trump said, “I hope you can let this go,” referring to the investigation. Comey said he didn’t agree to the request. White House officials denied that this happened.
Legal scholars say that, if Comey’s charge is true, Trump might be guilty of obstruction of justice.
Trump supposedly made the request on Feb. 14, the day after Flynn was ousted following the disclosure that he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States.