The Mining Industry Can Be Considered A Valuable Asset For The American Economy Over The Course Of The Nation

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The mining industry can be considered a valuable asset to the American economy over the course of the nation’s history. Though the field is not necessarily as prevalent today as it once was, the technological advancements in the process of mining are vastly different from those originally implemented by miners decades ago. However, one strategy for successful mining has remained relevant not in its practice, but in its use as an analogy, particularly in reference to the education system today. The idea of the canary in the mine pit discusses the example of when miners would bring canaries with them into the pits in order to detect noxious fumes. When the canary would die in its cage, it meant the air quality was toxic and that the miners needed to get out. This notion is connected to the ideas of those in the field of education like Linda Darling-Hammond, who argue that, similar to the canary, a child who fails in a school is not to blame for the toxic environment in which they are attempting to carve out a future for themselves. In other words, the children are not failing the schools. Rather, the schools are failing the children. This idea thus entails that in efforts to fix the education system, the focus must be exerted on the schools and policies themselves, rather than assuming that a child from a “disadvantaged” socioeconomic background is destined for failure. Darling-Hammond’s idea is demonstrated in Angela Valenzuela’s ethnographical work, Subtractive Schooling:

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