As our nation continues to struggle economically and our politicians continue to fight amongst themselves, our children are punished by being forced to sit on the sidelines. Each year we are spending billions of dollars on war, oil, financial bailouts and other areas that are doing very little to secure our long-term future. All the while, our greatest investment, the children of this nation, are not being given the attention and support they need. We cannot continue to leave the future generations of this country with a staggering bill for the mistakes we have made in the past.
Through the correct educational reformations, we can once again provide our children with the encouragement that they need to change the world. Listed below are 7 ways that educational reforms can benefit our country.
7. Innovative & Creative Solutions to National Problems
Our children need to develop positive attitudes and faith in themselves early on in life. Encouragement needs to be the core of any such educational reform. A child equipped with a good attitude possesses the one tool necessary for success. With this tool, they can accomplish anything.
“Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.” Neil Postman
Children do not need information slammed down their throats, they need to discover how powerful their minds are. In the right setting, with a ton of encouragement, they will find their potential. Through encouragement they can unleash their creativity and one day be able to provide solutions to the problems we cannot solve today. If we empower our children now, they will empower the world tomorrow.
6. Economic Stability
Our current economic crisis did not happen overnight, nor will it be fixed through some quick policy change. It’s going to take some time and persistence and we are going to have to start being more responsible with our money. Therefore, the quickest way to an economic recovery is through our children.
If at an early age, children are taught the basic principles of managing their finances, they will grow up with the ability to handle their money efficiently. Today, we are seeing what happens when a nation mismanages their money. We must learn from this lesson and teach it to our children so that they don’t suffer the same fate.
“Financial education needs to become a part of our national curriculum and scoring systems so that it’s not just the rich kids that learn about money.. it’s all of us.” David Bach
David Bach is right. The only difference between the rich and the poor are the principles in which each live by. Children of the wealthy often grow up to be wealthy, because they are exposed to the daily choices that a wealthy person makes. The opposite is true for children of those that struggle financially. Those children learn that money is an object that causes great struggle and turmoil and grow up with those thoughts engrained in their heads.
There have been many instances when poor men and women have gained for themselves extraordinary amounts of wealth by learning these key principles. We can teach our children these principles. The end result will be a stabilized economy and a more enthusiastic and harmonious nation.
5. Furthered Racial, Gender & Religious Equality
If our country is going to continue to succeed the future generations need to be shown how to be tolerant of each and every individual. With the wide variety of cultures that live in America, our education system has been presented with a unique opportunity to bridge the gap that has plagued mankind for so long.