The biggest problem is the "one size fits all" mentality of US education.Europe and other countries realise not every student is college material and many will end up in trades or technical work - and in fact have no interest in going to college. The US wastes billions of dollars teaching US students things the majority of them will never have use for. We need to go to a 3 tier program for trades, technical work, and university bound students if we are ever going to compete. also Education is being used as a political football too much by politicians to prove a political point and has drifted away from its true goal !
actually the one problem is tv and drugs and how do i know this? i'm a teen i should know these things. We teens want to practice what we see on tv everyday and the internet doesn't help as you see other teens looking at porn and soon they will be practising it! why? you may ask. probably because they want to fit in or they just want to make themselves feel good!
In my town the teachers are working without a contract so you tell me how you would feel knowing what the future holds for teachers they have cut back on band after school activities this is in new jersey and it's only seems to be getting worse
First of all, if you are seeking truth in your question, you must realize it is a question that requires much explanation. I have just one piece of the puzzle that may not have been explored with the usual “they are to blame” statements. Count the number of higher learning institutions within a 50 mile radius of where you live. There are 450 of these areas in the US (3,536,294 sq miles /(pi*50*50)). Take into account there are many land masses that are not inhabited. Why are there so many colleges? Because they have become a business not an educational institution. Everyone goes to college. Provided they have the money or credit (college loans). Certainly a garbage man or plumber earns more than a starting teacher in my county. We need quality people in many positions in our society. Even this piece of the puzzle will invoke heated and passionate differences.
Only 25% of student go to university, yet most of the resources are spent with that direction in mind. Teachers don't know much, if anything, about the trades and don't promote it. That 75% don't get the coaching they need to take full advantage of alternatives to college/university. I think the focus should shift somewhat to consider the needs of the 75% along with the 25%.