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To understand my perspective, I would like to give a brief introduction about myself. I went to elementary and high school in the city of Chicago and, afterwards, I went to Mexico. In Mexico, I attended prep school and studied medicine. Due to an illness that my mother was having, I returned to Chicago. With my educational background and credentials, I was hired by the Board of Education (CPS). After a few years, I went to teach for the City Colleges of Chicago.as a professor while at the same time I furthered my education with a second master’s degree. As you can see, you never stop learning.
As a teacher that worked with affluent and not so affluent students, I think that it is important to mention that education is vital and we should care more about it.
There are many teachers that are passionate about teaching but lack support and resources. Our government does not prioritize our education. Not only are we falling behind other countries around the world with regards to education, every day our city, state, and federal government are eliminating programs for our youth to receive a well-rounded education.
Let us analyze this: does the government want everyone to be educated? Many people think that it is not to the government’s best interest to invest in education. A nation that is well-educated cannot easily be manipulated. Due to our slow economy, the unemployment rate is around 9%, and out of this rate 17 % of 15-24 year-olds were unemployed in 2011, according to the CIA World Factbook.
The government does not see educating our children as a priority. On the contrary, the state is firing teachers that have dedicated their lives in giving their best effort to providing their students with the best education possible.
There have been several budget cuts in education without taking into account that if we do not provide our youth with resources they may not be as successful in the near future. If these cuts in education continue, this country will go from being a world leader to a country without leadership role in the world. From my experience, I have learned that we must value education and must stay on top of it.