Education for the Self and the Society: Troubles, Solutions and Precautions

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Educational investments always pay off with respect to adding more quality, value and functionality to one’s life but the style and approach of education are also important because only the proper form of education will help an individual thrive. In today’s educational system, students are expected to learn theory and show their comprehension of subject matter in exams and tests, while also occasionally writing essays to further investigate into themes and topics. Given the intensity of such workload, many students take private lessons or use a writing service to achieve higher performance, while the system continues to increase its standards of achievement, expecting more dedication and hard work from students. In such a scheme of constant struggling, it has become vital to understand the dynamics of the system and strategize according to the changes made for precision and efficiency. As more opportunities surface and the rules get tighter, individuals are expected brighten up and develop their own roadmap to success, while keeping an eye out for possibilities that can help them get there.

The given struggles of learning and achieving in today’s education creates significant amounts of mental stress for students, which has persuaded the states of New York and Virginia to take steps in enacting “laws that require schools to include mental health education in their curriculums.” In New York, all K-12 schools are required to have instructive materials regarding mental health in their classrooms to supplement the general health curriculum while in New York schools, students are required to take mental health classes during the first two years of their high school careers with no additional curriculum specified for such education. The idea is to introduce the concept of healthy living on a mental scale and provide young people with the capabilities to recognize symptoms and seek advice or treatment before it is too late. While the state of New York intends to focus on the relationship between mental health, substance abuse and related factors that influence human behavior, the Virginia policy makers seek to cooperate with mental health professionals to raise the standards of mental health education at Virginia schools by developing more specific and realistic courses.

One of the most common aspirations of students in education is to finish their programs with honors and find employment right after graduation. To help such students achieve their goals, Washington D.C. schools have initiated an intervention program focusing on students’ progress towards graduation requirements to ensure that they are on track with their plans for finishing high school and beginning their college careers. The schools send out a specific document to senior students, detailing their academic performance twice during the Fall semester of their last year, which also includes information about possible career options. Such a guide comes in a  personalized PDF format both in printed and electronic versions and seeks to make educational data available and accessible to such students for higher performance and post-graduation success. Currently, 34% of high school graduates in Washington D.C. have not met their diploma requirements, while violations such as allowing students to graduate while missing several months of classes have also been discovered by the media. The new policy makes total sense in dealing with such issues as it offers early solutions to academic problems, which might lead to more serious complications for the students in the future.

School shootings, unfortunately, have become a major concern for students, parents and educators alike and the recent tragedy in Colorado persuaded the Florida governor Ron DeSantis to sign a bill that allows teachers to carry guns at schools. Currently, according to Florida law, a school law enforcement officer is required to stand ground at Florida schools and schools have the right to cooperate with local law enforcement in cases of emergency but the new measure expands such an authority to “train and arm some school personnel”, excluding teachers. While the new law demands more frequent reports of school safety incidents, a mandatory risk assessment procedure and new mental health policies, research shows that 8 states in the country have already passed laws that allow employees to carry guns in schools after completing safety-training programs. The 2019 legislative proposals intend on expanding such precautions into more states by eliminating gun-free school zones and providing handgun training for teachers to allow them carry concealed weapons at schools. The issue is up to Betsy DeVos now, who has the authority to decide whether if school districts may use federal funding to supply weapons to teachers as all the other legal arrangements have been made to continue with the plan.

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