Wasted Time : An Educational Epidemic Essay

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Wasted Time: An Educational Epidemic American author A.W. Tozer once wrote “When you kill time, remember that it has no resurrection.” (Tozer.) While Tozer was almost certainly referring to daily life, this principle can also be applied to the horrific amount of time wasted in schools today. In such a competitive global environment, American schools cannot afford to throw away precious instruction time. However, overcoming obstacles such as frequently unqualified substitute teachers, aggressive amounts of “busy work,” understaffed schools, and restrictive standardized testing lead to a substantial deficit in classroom instruction. Fortunately, with a comprehensive revamping of the public school system in the United States of America, it is possible to regain the national status of an educationally successful country. In theory, substitute teachers are a practical solution to a common issue: Responsible adults leading the class when a teacher is called away by a meeting, an appointment, or illness. Logically speaking, it would make perfect sense for another well-educated adult to command the class and continue on with the teacher’s lesson plan. Unfortunately, these substitute teachers are under-trained, disrespected, and are generally instructed to pass out some asinine busy work. In the state of Ohio, substitute teachers are required to have a clean background check and a bachelor’s degree. (“Substitute License.”) The issue with this requirement is that the area of the
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