8 Reasons to Be Grateful for Our Education System 

Aug 6, 2020 by

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America’s educational system admittedly has room for improvement. However, that doesn’t mean we don’t have much for which to give thanks. While you read this article, for example, your child’s educators are sweating how to prepare for an unprecedented year. 

It’s as vital to identify what works as it is to improve what doesn’t. Here are eight reasons we should all be grateful for our educational system. Comparatively speaking, we enjoy considerable blessings. 

1. Parents Know It Takes a Village 

Did you have fun working two jobs — or maybe a third — this past spring? If you had to homeschool your kids, you know there is much more to teaching than writing things on a whiteboard and getting your little’s

to use inside voices. 

You might be anxious for children to return to the classroom because you have to work. Hopefully, your at-home schooling experience taught you not to treat your child’s teacher like a glorified babysitter. If they don’t continue to do their jobs, how long can you realistically manage yours? 

2. We Educate Both Genders 

If you’re like me, you probably take it for granted that you can access the same opportunities as your male counterparts. However,  young women in other nations don’t always enjoy equal access to education. Even in countries like Palestine, where female literacy increased from 78.5% to 94.1% since 1995 have strides to make toward equality. 

Even in countries where girls technically enjoy educational opportunities, they might receive disparate treatment. In some nations, girls are forced into marriage before age 18 — their futures sealed despite their input or objections. 

3. We Embrace Technology 

If you think homeschooling during the pandemic was challenging, can you imagine what it would be like without the advent of online learning? America tends to idolize technology giants, but they make tremendous contributions to America’s future when it comes to education. Some went above and beyond by providing free content and resources during the crisis. 

Technology has advanced to the point where you can attend law school while rarely leaving your home. Likewise, some medical schools offer hybrid programs where students master core content virtually, and then apply their learning in practicum. In the future, you might not have to travel across the country to visit a top surgeon. They’ll perform robotic surgery from D.C. while you remain in Topeka — what a reason to give thanks! 

4. We Provide Options 

Does one size fit all? When it comes to education, many parents said no, and schools listened. Today, you can choose from a range of learning options for your little ones, many of which are free. 

Many states now offer tuition-free online schools and various other public charter institutions tailored to learner’s needs. If your angel lives for the arts, they can find an institution dedicated to pursuits like poetry and dance before graduating high school. Those with learning disabilities sometimes thrive in online environments where they can replay lectures multiple times until they understand the concepts. 

5. Teachers Put in Long Hours 

Teachers have the life — they get a whole three months off each year. If you still believe this myth, please invite an educator friend for tea and ask them about their schedule. It’s not unusual for instructors to work 12 or more hours daily during the semester, then spend their summer keeping up with continuing learning requirements to stay savvy and maintain their licenses. 

This year, teachers who never ran a Zoom meeting before had to develop a new skill set to accommodate COVID-19 restrictions. Many of them continue writing two sets of lesson plans to prepare for an unknown year of pandemic interruptions. They feel the strain — show a little love and appreciation, please. 

6. They Also Wear More Than One Hat 

If your child’s disposable mask breaks a strap, guess who will provide a replacement the same way they dole out pencils and tissues? If you said, “my child’s teacher,” you hit a single. If you realize the funds to buy supplies came out of your favorite educator’s pocketbook, you score a home run. 

When Johnny “forgets” his lunch money after his dad loses his job, his teacher coughs up healthy snacks. When Suzie’s social anxiety leaves her lonely at lunch, her instructor becomes her meal buddy. 

7. We Celebrate Diversity 

If you send your child to public school, they’ll learn to embrace differences, which makes them more desirable to employers in today’s workplace. Teams that celebrate inherent and acquired diversity often achieve more impressive results because they accurately reflect the consumer base — which covers those from all walks of life.  

8. We Constantly Seek Growth 

America’s educators and administrators continually strive to improve student learning and achievement. Because of the democratic nature of our society, everyone — from parents to the superintendent — has a say in school improvement plans. You might not agree with everything your local board decides, but you can always run for an open seat and be the change you want to see. 

Our Education System Isn’t Perfect, But We Still Owe It a Debt of Gratitude 

Is the American educational system perfect? While room for improvement always exists, the dedicated professionals ensuring our littles get the knowledge they need deserve thanks and respect. 

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