President Obama discussed many current issues the U.S. is facing in his State of the Union Address. One problem he addressed that hit home for me was education. It seems that many of the other issues the country is challenged with relate one way or another to lack of education, like unemployment. I agree with President Obama’s proposal for higher quality education in our country.


In the State of the Union Address it stated that other countries are doubling down on education; while in the U.S. state budgets have forced schools to lay off thousands of teachers. As a result, our education is lacking even more quality and compared to other countries, the U.S. falls behind other countries we’re competing with in the global economy. Instead of ignoring the problem or blaming the teachers for our poor education, schools need to be offered financial help that will provide adequate resources to keep and hire high quality teachers. President Obama preaches, “…grant schools flexibility: to teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test”. He mentioned how schools need to be able to replace teachers who just are not helping kids learn. That is a deal our country must make! It will result in better education, students will learn more with better teachers.


To ensure everyone in the younger generations are receiving a proper education, students should not be able to drop out of high school until they reach the age of 18 or just not be able to drop out of high school at all. Everyone should earn a high school diploma. As a result, unemployment rates would decline and the economy would grow. With a more educated population, more jobs will be created and be filled and therefore, less people would have to collect welfare. In fact, all of the money that is spent on welfare could be spent on education and the problem would be solved! “When students are not allowed to drop out, they do better”. President Obama dictated that every state requires all students to stay in high school until they graduate or at least reach the age of 18.


Another reason why education is lacking is because of the cost to attend college. President Obama encouraged Congress to prevent the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July. He believes all of this will improve the state of the economy. All of these things President Obama had proposed can only affect education and our country in a positive way. There really isn’t an argument that can be made against it.


However, someone may try to argue that our education system doesn’t need to be improved and the standards don’t need to be raised for teaching or learning; and that our country should focus its resources on “bigger issues”.  I say, education is the root of all those “bigger causes”. There is plenty of research showing that lack of education is related to violence, drug-use, unemployment, and much more. Students are competing with each other from all over the world for one job these days. And it hurts us when we are receiving a lower value education than the students in other countries.


In conclusion, if each state does enact a law that every student must receive a high school diploma, Congress is able to prevent student loan interest rates from increasing, and resources are spent on better teachers and better resources for schools, education in the U.S. will only get better. The U.S. population will be more educated, unemployment rates will decrease, and we will continue to be able to compete in the global economy for the best jobs.