“New Rules” Review

21 Sep

Thomas Friedman was right on the money when he stated that the United States will never get ahead unless we improve our education.  

Photo Source: Public Agenda

I was shocked to learn that the U.S. falls behind countries such as Estonia, which is currently training their young children to program computers in school.  After reading, it became no surprise to me that Skype was created in Estonia.  Friedman also stated that Shanghai’s public school system beat the rest of the world in science, math, and reading in the global PISA exam of 15-year-olds in 2010.                               

The current administration argues that as long as you work hard and “play by the rules,” you can achieve a good, middle class life.  Friedman argues that this is no longer relevant.  Friedman points out that Obama continually uses that phrase “work hard and play by the rules” and you should expect the coveted middle class life.  The fact is Bill Clinton coined this phrase in 1992.  A lot has changed in the past 20 years, and this phrase, in my opinion, should no longer be considered relevant.

I know a lot of kind, hard working people who are living paycheck to paycheck.  Friedman essentially proposes that if you want to get ahead in life, you have to be willing to learn new things and accept change.  Not only do you have to accept that change, you also have to learn to change and grow with it.

By agreeing with Friedman I’m not claiming that we need to teach our children to program computers in grade school like they do in Estonia, I’m simply agreeing that we need to up our education.  Everything in this day and age moves at a faster pace; and I think it’s safe to say that Americans tend to pride themselves as being “on top.”  However, I don’t think most Americans know just how far behind we really are.  If we don’t start taking greater steps to improve our education we will fall even further down on the scale. 

Taylor Chobanian



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