“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us, there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
-John F. Kennedy
Imagine America without schools, without students. What will you see? Nothing. Education is a cornerstone of American society, a pillar that makes our country a great nation of innovators, leaders, and responsible citizens. Over the years, however, this pillar has slowly crumbled under the weight of tremendous challenges.
One of the many challenges in education is poverty. It has long been regarded as the single greatest obstacle to educational achievement and has become a dominant reality in many states across America. As unemployment and lack of opportunity skyrocket, so does the number of students living under the margin. This devastating reality requires everyone’s immediate action and the best way to beat the problem is through collective effort.
Students, teachers, lawmakers, businessmen, workers, advocates, or whichever group you belong to, the fact of the matter is education matters to us all. No one person has all the answers, but, with everyone’s involvement, we will be able to come up with a set of education reforms that are radically different from those on which existing policies have focused on late.
Solving the problems plaguing the education system will also require “21st century” solutions. Policies from the past may have worked for our generation, but they may no longer be adequate to address the challenges of a rapidly evolving society. By contributing our time and effort, and lending our voices to education reform, we can make sure that every student will get every opportunity to finish school and become valuable contributors to society.
As responsible Americans, it is everyone’s duty to step up not only for themselves, but for their children as well.