Advanced Composition Term Paper:
Will the Global Economy help or hurt
the next generation of Americans?


Will the global economy help or hurt the next generation of Americans? This is the
question I am going to investigate in this paper. The global economy is the system
pertaining to the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services around
the globe. It is important that we understand the global economy because it is and will be
affecting the way we learn, work and live. How all of these factors are affected will be
discussed in the following paper.
I take the position that the global economy will hurt the next generation of
Americans.
One argument for this position is that our schools are not adequately preparing out
students for the types of new work that will be required in the next generation. American
schools are using teaching techniques that taught existed in the 1950\'s. Textbooks date back
to the early 1970\'s. Requirements may have changed but our reaching techniques have not.
Every year, students take the same courses with the same prerequisite: A good memory.
True, they are teaching classes that are essential to get into a good college but are they
teaching the skills that our future generation will need? Are students going to be able to
problem solve? Are today\'s students going to be able to access tomorrow\'s information?
Our schools teach American students to be good at memorization. To be able to spit out
recorded information. "You do have the knowledge but you are basically robots with skin;
machines, tape recorders that teachers use to record their information. At the end of a
chapter, they rewind you and press the \'play\' button to see if you can repeat everything they
said."1 Also, our schools are not stressing the importance of math and science. Because of
this fact, foreign born workers such as engineers are taking over the jobs American workers
could have. Our students need to be truly smart because memorized skills can only go so
far. Grades cannot always determine the real skills of the students. Anybody can receive a
diploma but what do these grades really mean? Not much unless a student can apply their
memorized skills for the new way of work. "Just possibly we have a surplus of graduates
and a scarcity of real skills."2 The improvement of our educational system, not the number
of degrees we hand out, is the only way the next generation can thrive in the global
economy.
An objection to this position is that our school system is preparing our students in
the best way possible. First, we really can\'t blame the schools for lack of supplies or
updated technology. Quite possibly our teachers are the ones who are not prepared and we
certainly can\'t expect schools to do everything. School is simply a basis for learning. "The
true inputs to education are students, hard work, quality teaching and rigorous standards
and parental engagement. When these are missing money and reorganization can\'t
compensate."3 Also grades in some ways do represent how ambitious a student is about
school and whether they get work done on time both of which are qualities of a good
worker. High schools in the United States are better than you think. " In the most recent
international comparison of reading, which was done in 31 nations, American kids finished
second to Finland."4 "We have an evolutionary process where we are getting better and
better..."5
Yet the following argument can reply to the latter objection. Our schools may be
better than we think but are they good enough to prepare our students for the new way of
work? What I mean by this is being able to use technology, apply real life skills and think
on their own. Reading and math skills may be second out of 31 nations but what you may
not know is "23% of Americans don\'t finish high school compared to Japans 2%"6 Also,
"American students attend school the least amount of days (180 in fact) compared to other
economically strong countries such as Britain\'s 192 days, Japan\'s 243 and Germany\'s 290
days."7 So, we have the highest drop out rate and we spend the least amount of time in
school. These numbers could explain why our students are behind intellectually with other
countries. This could mean our economy may suffer as well. What can we do to improve
this though? Already, more colleges are "lowering admission standards so more kids will
attend"8. This means our students can pick their schools