LAUSD Strike Reinforces The Issues With America's Education System

LAUSD Strike Reinforces The Issues With America's Education System

People will no longer be products of a good education if we keep this up.

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There are over 600,000 students in the Los Angeles Unified District and they're all about to be abandoned--not by teachers, but by the system. Teachers from the United Teachers of Los Angeles Organization are scheduled to go on strike on Thursday and even though LAUSD has made several attempts and offers to stop the walkout, teachers are persistent to bring actual change.

Why are they going on strike?

Well, when the school nurse only shows up, once a week for a couple of hours, you would, too. Or when you deal with 50 students in one classroom unable to cater to each individual's needs and support them, you would, too. Or when you live paycheck to paycheck and you are encouraged to get a second job by LAUSD itself, you would, too.

With over a billion dollars in reserve, LAUSD still can't improve the school system, and that should really tell us something.

We stand with these teachers because they are our educators. They are the ones enlightening new minds and helping them. They are in charge of our growing generation, and they have the most precious gift to offer: knowledge.

It's ridiculous the conditions these schools are in and although negotiations have taken up to 2 years, the system is nowhere to be fixed.

But hopefully, this issue brings out the importance of reinforcing America's education system and understanding what's wrong, because here are just a couple of things I've noticed:

1. Common Core was created by an insular group of testing executives, not our government or the state

One of the academic specialists out of two (both of whom did not finalize the last version of common core), believed that common core left students with an "empty skill set, lacking literary knowledge."

2. We still determine student acceptance to universities based on standardized testing

Students have access to different resources and there is a clear inequality in that line. Furthermore, the SAT has proven little to show that it actually develops a skill set, rather than just being book-smart and repeating the same patterns over and over again. It is sad to think that America's system is so heavily reliant on a single score that can outrank your volunteer service, your character, and your persona.

3. We kill creativity and just become empty feeding vessels of knowledge

In 2006, Sir Ken Robinson, a British author and international advisor on education, held a moving, must-see TED talk which has been viewed by millions on how schools kill creativity. The primary way schools go about killing creativity is by punishing children for making mistakes, while failure is the prerequisite to learning and creativity. In Robinson's words: "Being wrong is not the same thing as being creative, but if you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with something original." It is important to note that creativity is more than artistic creativity; it is the ability to transcend traditional ideas and create innovative solutions by using one's imagination (Click here for more.)

Or read up on the banking model of education.

4. Our universities are regarded as some of the top in the world, but none of our high schools or elementary schools have the same standard

5. Many teachers, especially those of a Caucasian background, are not truly equipped with diversity training

These leaves a huge impact on students of color and minorities as they struggle in school while dealing with unnecessary false empathy by their teachers.

6. America's poor educational system has created a shortage of Americans who can preform high skilled technology jobs

Don't believe me? Ask Dr. Michio Kaku: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK0Y9j_CGgM

7. Most PhD candidates are foreign born, not from the USA! 

This is all due to the H1B Visa and because there are very few Americans equipped with such developed skillsets.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Dear America, We Can Step Forward As A Country If We Stop Believing That Only One Belief Is Valid

It's time to promote unity and emphasize our commonalities because only through unity can we step forward as a country.

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Dear America,

2018 was a year of political strife and conflict. The left and the right fought constantly. Republicans and Democrats blamed each other for the tiniest mistakes, and there were only a small number of successful bipartisan deals. Politicians and citizens alike seemed more concerned with sticking to party platforms, even ones they truly didn't believe in, rather than compromising with the other side to improve our society.Yet all this name-calling and hatred — what does it do in the end? What does it accomplish?

We've only seen an increased polarization of American politics and an expanded hostility towards "the other side." We don't consider the well-being of each and every person in America and the bettering of our society, or the building of a stronger world for our children and grandchildren.

We spend so much time insulting each other's political beliefs that we forget probably the most important fact that links us all together: We are all human. We all share the same basic needs, the same struggles, the same moments of happiness and sadness.

And yet we are willing to put our similarities aside and only focus on our differences. We are willing to thrust ourselves into the deep anger and loathing that comes in attacking those different from us. We are willing to parry insults behind the safety of a phone screen and forget all about what makes us alike. And we are willing to gloss over the fact that we have more similarities than differences.

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Yes, political beliefs make a person. Political beliefs define the values, ideas and thoughts of a person. But sometimes, we have to reach over those beliefs, as hard as that may be, and focus on the bigger picture at hand. What will insulting someone because of those beliefs do? It definitely won't change their views or make them see things from your point of view.

It's sad and frustrating that this endless fighting doesn't even occur between two countries or two governments or two nation-states. Instead, we see arguments and strife between two family members, two neighbors or even two strangers, all living in the same community and under the same government, all sharing more similarities than differences.

We need to stop focusing so much on singular ideas. We need to stop believing in the close-minded idea that only one thought is the best thought. And instead of wasting energy trying to change other's opinions, we need to use that energy and time to promote unity and emphasize our commonalities.

These past few years have truly divided America. Let's make 2019 a year of unity, because only through unity can we step forward as a country.

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