The American school system needs to change

Everyone has their own opinions about politics, especially today, and with a presidential election coming up this year one thing that hasn’t been discussed among candidates and even recent presidents is changing the American public school system.

America is known for its competitive spirit which has gotten us far in many different categories, so why haven’t we applied those same ideals to teaching future generations as best we can? According to, the school system hasn’t changed much since the 19th century, when it was first devised to train factory workers.      

Think about how much technology has changed and how much innovation has happened since the 1800s. Since that time we’ve invented the plane, the car, the phone, television, the internet, etc., and still if you look up a picture of “schools in the 1800s,” the classroom set up looks exactly the same. 

Hillcrest senior Sophie Paul said,“I think the school system should cater more to individual students’ needs rather than teaching a generalized curriculum.”

In contrast to other countries, the U.S. public school system is statistically proven not to be as effective as others, especially compared to Finland. It’s the idea of working smarter, not harder. 

According to, Finnish students receive almost no homework, time spent in class is reduced significantly, and becoming a teacher is competitive, requiring a Master’s Degree and offering higher pay. 

One of Finland’s biggest ideas is having educated and passionate teachers, which isn’t something the U.S. lacks, but something we need more of. 

“The U.S. education system is mediocre compared to the rest of the world,” says Julia Ryan, a writer for The Atlantic.

The U.S. spends the most money on education in the world, and still we aren’t receiving the results we want. This has to do with not spending money in the most effective way, and not focusing that money mostly on teachers. Again, this goes back to the idea of working smarter, not harder.

School is probably the biggest factor for defining a generation, and if it feels more like a chore rather than something students can look forward to then that’s a problem. As a child and adolescent you’re naturally curious, so we should teach our youth in the best and most productive way possible.