Issue: Education: Improvement
One of the major issues facing our cities, counties, states and nation is the quality of the education of our young people. Their future well-being and employment potential depends on that quality. In this era of global competition, increased national security concerns and potential damage to our global ecology, the future of our country depends on improving our educational system. It is evident that there is a need for education reform. According to an AP report published on 12/12/12, and referencing the National Center for Education Statistics as the Source, the U.S. (among more than 50 education systems around the world), was 6th in 4th-grade reading, 11th in 4th-grade math, 9th in 8th-grade math, and 10th in 8th-grade science. A number of different Issue areas are separately available for discussion, including conversations based on school age, processes and goals. This particular issue area allows for proposals of a more general nature to be discussed.
While any decision by an individual can be made spontaneously, decisions concerned with understanding a subject or impacting on behavior can most often benefit by looking into the information available about a given subject. Knowledgeable people are available, text documents, books and libraries are available, and today there are an increasing array of tools available to perform research via the internet. The issue that remains is whether or not a person understands how to perform research, and how to determine whether the information obtained from any source or sources is predominantly factual and correct. This topic area solicits input as to how research skills can be developed in individuals, to the best level that any individual can achieve.