Reading today’s BBC news: “Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), says the US is now the only major economy in the world where the younger generation is not going to be better educated than the older.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-20154358
Today’s lazy attidude towards education is said to be one of the problems: “Where once education was considered a privilege, now it is considered not merely a right, but something to be taken for granted and even resented as an imposition.”
The other part that strikes me as an active PTA parent and member is that “… the education system focuses more on perceived deficits (learning DISabilities, etc.) than on perceived potential.”
PTA’s nation wide may see a much more important role coming their way in the near future. Finding and stimulating the right balance in learning behavior, expectations and human potential is at stake. And when their is no finanical argument to make at the moment, other reasons for education should be explained: such as (personal) intellectual satisfaction, innovation, creativity and respect.