Once again, I must begin this by saying that this is not political statement, but rather a social issue that we, as Americans, have a right and responsibility to address…In a radio replay of an earlier Meet the Press interview between David Gregory and Condoleezza Rice (due to 2012 Olympics coverage on NBC), I found several of Ms. Rice’s comments to be tragic and yet exhilarating at the same time – tragic because of how true they were and exhilarating because someone besides myself and on a grander scale voiced the same fears and concerns I see every day in our educational process in the U.S.A.
Living in a financially depressed and educationally deprived section in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, I see every day children coming out of the public and charter school systems unable to act or even function in today’s world markets.
Ms. Rice was in Washington, DC in March 2012 for a joint effort between the NSA and educators from around the country. It was a type of “think-tank” on how the level of education the majority of children in these depressed areas could be and should be advanced and enhanced. Ms Rice refers to a “crisis in human potential in the United States” as well as the effect on human potential with our failure to stay competitive on the global scale. When “Americans are finishing 17th on this test and 35th on that test” it really becomes an issue for all Americans.
She comments that in the past it was always “Not where you come from, but where you’re going”. That statement no longer rings true, but rather by “looking at a person’s zip code you are able to tell the level of education that person will receive”. It does become a matter of national security when as adults, people who would have been included in a level of service to the country, as in military personnel, are unable to complete even the basic level of tests to join.
This is a matter of national crisis, the country and individual states run by the elite instead of the passionate, and cities and communities deprived of brilliant minds who remain uneducated adults.
I know – I am shouting at the wind, because I’m only one little person in a huge world, but if I don’t speak out, who will? If not now, when? If not here, where?
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss