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"I believe that education is the civil rights issue of our generation." – U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan, October 9, 2009

We Are Young: Unlocking America’s Most Valuable Resource to Help Education

We’ve all heard the talk. America has an education crisis on its hands. Too many kids dropping out of school, teachers underpaid, and the U.S. lagging far behind other countries in math, reading, and science. My blog post in May on the current state of education touched on the bad and the ugly of education in America. I also proposed that America focus on improving the teaching profession.

When I wrote that blog post I think I was trying to kill two birds with one stone. Hearing about all these problems with America’s education was overwhelming to take in. But I’ve come to realize that not one idea, not one remedy can cure our nation’s problems in education. Rather than getting to the bottom of one thing, we need to get to the bottom of many things and make some changes.

Making this possible will require brainpower and ideas. The article, Can Student Startups Solve the Education Crisis? , made me realize that America has forgotten one very important source of ideas: students.

The U.S. Department of Education devised the National Education Startup Challenge.

The department wants to hear the ideas of young student entrepreneurs on how to tackle various problems in education.

I think this is a great challenge. Students are the ones going to school everyday and getting the classroom experiences; you can say students are that nation’s experts on education. Not to mention, the decisions the government makes on education impacts students and teachers the most. For these reasons, I believe the opinions and ideas of students are the most valuable resource our nation has for improving, or even overcoming its problems. Furthermore, this resource is abundant. Many students want to help improve education in America and have a passion for creating positive world change. When passion meets the innovative minds of young students, the possibilities are endless.

How can we give students a greater voice in education? What can students do to make their voices be heard?

 

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