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Americans take their education for granted

Americans Take Their Education For Granted

Americans take their education for granted. Education has become one of

the most important aspects of a person's. With seventeen years of formal

education, a person can do almost anything he or she wants to do. Yet many in

America take this for granted. Some American students today would rather not be

in school. They would be much happier at home or going someplace with their

friends. Once in school, many students forget why they are there—to get an

education. Instead of going to classes, students might cut class or not even

show up to school at all. I think our decreasing status as an economic super

power can be attributed in part to the effects of this attitude. I believe

there are two reasons behind this attitude--the lack of family values and the

lack of responsibility taken by some of America's youth.

Children often do not understand the value of the education they are

receiving. Parents need to drill the importance of an education into their

child's head. If children are not made aware of how meaningful school is,

chances are they will fail when they are adults. Parents have to instill in

their child the discipline and motivation it takes to do well in school.

Parents have to teach their children that school always come first. Students

need to put school on top of their priority list too. Parents also need to

assure that their children understand their own responsibility to get their work

done well and handed in on time. But parents can only do so much—ultimately it

is the students who have to do the work.

Children must learn to accept responsibility for the results of their own

actions. Students will sometimes blame the teacher or others if they get bad

grades. I have only one response for these students--the teachers aren't the

ones responsible for acquiring knowledge. Students must learn that their grades

are a direct result of the effort they put in to learn the material. Failure to

learn to accept responsibility has often stayed with students after leaving

school. This country could be a lot more productive if people accept their

own mistakes and move on to address the problems.

Many parents may need to parent more and many students have to take more

responsibility for their actions.

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