I saw a disturbing video on Youtube last night talking about the plight that ails young black men in today’s society. Most people old and young were asked the question of whether there are more black men in college or in jail today. I am sad to say that so many of the young black men in my community are in jail. I think that the young black man is so captivated by this materialistic society that doesn’t do enough to promote manhood. Another reason is the breakdown in the family unit, which spawns so many problems within itself. Black men are maturing slowly because of a lack of role models and examples in their families and communities. We need to find a way to buck the trend and stop the decline of the black male, or all young men in our society.
This generation suffers from moral decay. I think our families have broken down at an alarming rate and fathers in the poverty stricken communities are virtually non-existent. The media promotes negativity and promiscuity. Our schools are suffering due to high drop out rates. We have a lot of men that are not responsible fathers or figures in the community. Our women struggle with low self-esteem. Is there anything that we can do to stop the decline in the world system. There are, I feel, two solutions to this problem. We can invest in the education of the young people of today. We should invest time into speaking and teaching by example the right way to be righteous. The next thing we can do is to change the man of today. It begins with the man because the man is the natural leader of the community. This is not to be sexist. I am one that can appreciate the role that the woman, especially the African American woman, in today’s society. However, the men have to assume natural positions such as fathers and mentors.
The natural prosperity of any nation is its military and its educational system. It is safe to say that America’s education system is failing miserably. The failure of the educational system is due to two hidden factors. The first of these factors is the decay of the family unit. This is the reason for most of the tribulations that we now face. There are few strong male figures in the home unit and women have often had to carry the brunt of the family oversight. This trickles down to the classroom. More of our teachers are women. Our young men should be taught by men sometimes. There is something about the presence of a man that changes the atmosphere. Man are natural leaders as it seems. This is to take away nothing that women have achieved or have done toward society. The second factor is the tolerance of today’s society. Society has allowed, through the media, every type of activity to occur. The media promotes premature sexual activity, delinquency, materialism, and other aspects that bring detriment to society. Therefore, our children are more influenced by celebrities and reality television than educators and postsecondary education. These seem as unlikely reasons. However, we must take into account the path that society has taken for the worst. It is up to parents and all others to pray and come along side of teachers and administration. Parents must be supportive and passionate about getting children to see the value of education. The media must be responsible enough to promote education and life that does not consist of “celebrity status.” Others in the community must go against the grain.
We as a people have a difficult battle to contend with on a daily basis. We have to determine what people come into our lives, what emotions to settle on, what about our lives do we want to change, as well as what our futures hold. Our vision toward our daily lives and what God wants of us must be positive and of hope. The bible shows us this in Matthew 6:22-23. We are told through the word of God that the lamp of the body is the eye. Our eyes can either be filled with darkness or with light. We have the choice to either think positively or negatively about our lives. As people, especially as Christians, we have to keep a positive faith and belief. I would go as far to say that faith is the ability to see the future instead of the present. Later in the same chapter, the bible says that you cannot serve God and mammon. Mammon is commonly interpreted as materialism, riches, prosperity, and other people. We cannot dare serve our materialistic desires, riches, prosperity and other people and expect to live godly lives. Allowing God to come into our lives makes the light slightly easier to focus on. Today’s world is filled with darkness and despair. Our media outlets promote negativity and materialism. We have to change the type of light that comes into our eyes. Your focus should be on a positive mindset and those lives of the ones upon which you have influence. For example, parents should want to be positive role models and examples for their children. We should want to have an impact on the world of a good report. So, for this cause, we should stay optimistic. So, be careful to ask yourself, what am I beholding?
On of the staples of the Obama administration was to strengthen the United States educational system. I am commenting on an article from the publication on the US Department of Education. One of the ways improve the educational state of the US is to improve the conditions of our schools and teachers. You can find this article at http://www.2.ed.gov. Around my community in SC, teachers have only made approximately under $30,000. How can the person with the community responsibility of education make such little headway economically. Our teachers have to teach (in some cases) public behavior and academic priority. Mostly as it stands now, our teachers are teaching multiple subjects for quick results by administration. I am just saying that we should understand and respect the responsibility of our teachers. Our teachers are the core of society.
It has been a while since I have investigated this. I did some research about the best education. I do have something that I want to talk about in reference to an article in Yahoo. In today’s society, we often want the best bang for the best buck. We should also want the same educationally. In a recent article in Yahoo Finance, the best college has been determined as the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. (Not just because of the rich basketball history) It has the best monetary value for the education. However, this honor did come with great loss, according to the article. So many schools and universities have had to cut many sources of funding. There are so many factors that come into play when talking about value and education. We first think about teacher to student ratio, the prospect that our students are getting the attention that they need. We also tend to think of the administrative and business costs. There is still a dark road ahead financially. However, it is with great enthusiam that we must support our local educational institutions and avenues. Next are the resources and public funding. Where will this come from? We have to find ways to keep our educational system afloat.
Our mathematics system has failed us greatly within the last few decades. Students are often not provoked into creative and deep questions. Textbooks are used as sources not resources. Our students are heavily dependent on calculators and other means of computation outside of the natural brain. We depend to heavily on technology to relieve us of the burden of teaching. It seems as if our students are graded on single subject or material aptitude rather than retention and understanding of how one area relates to another. For example, addition and multiplication have a likeness in much of the same manner in which division and subtraction have a likeness.How do we revamp a broken system? I will offer a few suggestions
- We have to show our students the benefits of math, why it matters, and how to conquer it. Education has to be interesting among all things. We have to show them the passion and intensity that learning takes. Passion catches on.
- Show them the many correlations that math offers. If you know how to add, you can easily learn how to multiply. If you know how to subtract, dividing won’t be so bad. If this 4 basic skills are strong, then other aspects such as algebra, geometry, and calculus aren’t as intimidating. Basics are key in all things, especially math.
- Teach the material, not the test. Society is results driven as results are in indicator of success. However, we have to be careful to prepare students for college, not just for the next grade. Our students should have a broad ranged knowledge of a lot of things, not just a high amount of knowledge in one thing.
- Communication between parents, teachers, administrators. Parents should always be proactive, teachers should be hospitable and understanding, administrators should see the big picture of the student and not a commodity that needs to be put to a price.