I was watching the morning news this morning and across the bottom of
the screen was a running display of the latest news. One such headline
stated that the TSA had patted down an 89 year old man in the airport
the other day. When you see the rest of the story at the end of this
post you will understand the rest of the post more clearly.
was in HS nearly 50 years ago, we were required to take a wide
assortment of classes and have involvement within our local community.
We totally understood who the players were and what their roles were. On the same broadcast
the state of Florid was reporting a dramatic cut in the passage rate on
the written part of the state assessment exam. I then hear employers
who are telling us that they can’t find qualified employees in the US.
suspect that in the name of fiscal responsibility we have
systematically over the years cut the very programs which make us viable
parts of the community. Students today no longer get taught civics ( a
fact that drove the actor Richard Dreyfus mad), we have watered down the
history that is taught in order to meet the demands of right wing
activists who dislike the teaching of real history or science and not
made up theories of where we came from.
Unless we turn around the
curriculum of this country to widen the knowledge of the students that
are following us, they will not be able to function in a vital role
within this country.
Now the rest of the opening scenario: the
89 year old man who was subjected to the pat down by TSA – Henry
Kissinger, former Secretary of State of the US.
Was the TSA
patting down everyone who went through the airport, or was the education
of the TSA agent so lacking in background that he or she did not
recognize who this was and therefore probably not a security risk. Considering i would believe that he still holds high security clearance from the government.
What are your thoughts? Are we giving our students the education they need to function in the global workplace?