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Education Reform

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  • A maximum of 4 hours of school a day
  • No homework
  • End excessive standardized testing
  • Fresh and healthy food in our schools

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The first step to solving a problem is recognizing that one exists. One prevailing issue that faces our nation is our educational system. For a country that prides itself on being exceptional, you might say even, the best among the international community, The United States is ranked 29th in Math and Science. In order for a robust and thriving Republic to function, its people must be educated. In fact, Thomas Jefferson went as far as to say "An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival as a free people." All anyone ever wants in life is to be happy… in fact, it's one of the principles this country was founded on---the pursuit of happiness---so why is there this inherent be Under the right of Life we children have the right to be healthy. In regards to how we are educated versus how we are fed in America, we shouldn't make our Schooling revolve around standardized tests, we shouldn't give our kids hours of homework, and teachers should think about what they're contributing to their student's workload; in fact, studies show that too much homework can make kids perform badly on tests. All the money that goes to developing and distributing standardized tests should be allocated to schools and teachers. According to Doctor Roger Walsh, being happy boils down to eight things: Exercise, Diet & Nutrition, Time spent in nature, contribution and service to society, relationships, recreation, relaxation and stress management, and finally religion and spirituality. Finland manages to do most of these things and scored sixth in Math and Science; a stark contrast to the U.S.' 29th in math and science. Finland understands that less is more and, that kid should be kids, teens should be teens and they should enjoy themselves, and focus on their family and friends. Finns have only three to four hours of school daily with a maximum of five, and yet they do better than Americans who typically have six hours of schooling and no rest on top of hours of homework and studying. Finns don’t have homework, their brains are given time to rest and play. 93% of Finns graduate High School, while only approximately 75% of Americans graduate High School. Not only that, The Finns also tend to speak more than one language and can play multiple instruments, that's more than most Americans can say. Sure our country's population is larger but so is our GDP per capita. As of 2013, our GDP was $53,041.98 while Finland's was only $49,146.65. To accomplish this goal No Child Left Behind must be reformed and new legislation imposed.Our current system is rigid, kills creativity, kills happiness, promotes stress, and ruins education, and possibly contributes to the childhood obesity epidemic that plagues our nation. We need to teach our kids happiness through a broad and fun education. There is so much more to life than just school. A school isn’t the only place where knowledge is ascertained. Kids naturally want to learn, it's an innate characteristic in pretty much all of us. But our schools suffocate those desires in us minors, and if you're a minor, or a parent you should be upset. Kids should learn to cook and be artists and poets, and musicians as well as being prepared to have jobs and live life comfortably, but exemplified in our schools. Money doesn't buy happiness that's something my parents and other influential adults constantly tell me and my generation. It doesn't matter what your political affiliation is, or religion, or creed. If you're an American, and support our future generations this is a cause we can all rally behind. If you agree with me please sign this petition, be an instrument of change! Know that I will fight tooth and nail for this cause. If we want to “Make America Great Again” there is no better way to make that dream come into fruition than through the future of America; our children. Thank You for your support.

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