The Education system in America is, I am realizing, a touchy subject. It is large and all encompassing. It is flawed, but also manages to train billions of people to get into the work force and keep our country running. The United States School system is often times the scapegoat for all of America's problems. Critics say that students are not taught enough applicable information to plan for their future while the other side of the spectrum says that their are too many standards trying to teach more information than can possibly be consumed.
Though I completely believe in a separate church and state, so there fore a separate church and school, I was curious to see what the Pope says about education in terms of reform. Pope Francis used to be a teacher! I mean he is a teacher now in a sense, but I mean he used to be school teacher in Buenos Aires. He started out teaching high school literature and psychology after he earned his degree in philosophy. Then, after his theology degree, he taught theology and philosophy and served as a rector of a seminary in Buenos Aires.
The Pope stresses that teaching is an act of hope. Students must believe that each of their individual visions can be realized to some degree even in a fallen world, and they most be equipped with the creativity, drive and problem solving to find ways to achieve it.
The educational system could do a better job of teaching more applicable information rather than the same generic math word problem that is boring and does not stir up curiosity in a modern day student's mind. I do not think teaching more and more information is the answer to the problems. It does not matter how many programs are offered if the student does not have a drive, passion or confidence to learn. Teachers should be instilling hope for a vision in their students through the information and activities in the classroom. These are just some of thought, please feel free to comment if you other opinions! Happy Friday!
"If we look at Jesus, incarnate Wisdom of God, we can realize that difficulties become challenges, challenges appeal to hope and generate the happiness of recognizing them as architects of something new. All this undoubtedly drives us to continue giving the best of ourselves."