The Education Of The United States Essay

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The United States is often seen as the world leader in many aspects of life. Throughout the world many different people see the United States as the leader in economy, technology, and democracy. However, one aspect the United States constantly trails behind is, unfortunately education. Whether it is K-12 education, or higher education, the United States is constantly ranked behind countries that are not as wealthy. Unfortunately, throughout time, they still have not improved, but many would argue that education has declined over time. For the United States to improve its educational mishaps, it must address the issue of the methods that are used in classrooms, the teacher vetting process, and improved funding for underperforming schools. One of the most important issues for the educational system in America, is the relationship between the teacher and student inside the classroom. In the American system of education, in K-12 schooling, many teachers act as if they are all knowing and always correct. They have this overarching authority over the classroom. The teacher has supreme authority, and the students are mere subjects towards that teachers’ authority. As Paulo Freire put it in “The ‘Banking’ Concept of Education”, “Education thus becomes an act of depositing, in which the students are the depositories and the teacher is the depositor” (216). Freire describes the act of depositing the information and not letting students comprehend the information that is being
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