From the first time we open our eyes, to the last time we
close our eyes, the quintessential drive for all species is our underlying
drive for knowledge. Every culture pursues and values knowledge differently. In
a remote part of the world, the Bajau Laut Tribe, who live on in the ocean on Southeast Asia, knowledge is centered around surviving both on and from the ocean.
In the Chinese culture,knowledge is the foundation for both education and respect. On the other hand, in American society, education is first taught to use by our parents (environment) and then it comes in theform of formal education. Overall America is the strongest nation, but in terms of knowledge we are the weakest. I believe this for several reasons. If the oceanic tribe didn’t live up to their fullest potential, in terms of knowledge and the sea, they would cease to exist. In the Chinese culture, parents often disown
their children and never speak to them again, just because their children may have went against their wishes. In American society, we drown all the time. High school drop outs rates are astronomical state to state. College freshmen retention rates aren’t much better either. As a culture, we often give up too early, including myself. I believe the best way to truly become the STRONGEST nation would be to devote more to the educational needs of the up and coming youth. Education is nationwide but it isn’t standardized based on the
facts of income and location. Indiana knows this and as a state we are lucky enough to have the Upward Bound Program.
Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their
preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for
participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their
higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves: high school students from
low-income families; and high school students from families in which neither
parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the
rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and
graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.
You’re never too young to learn. Many IU South Bend students
and I agree on this fact. The IU South Bend Student Government Association wants
to empower all children and a few lucky 6th graders were able to
reap the benefits of this. Unbenounced to me, my daughter and
her 6th grade class were participants in the “Know How to Go Project.”
On the morning of September 30th, the IU South Bend Student
Government Association (SGA) and others went to Elkhart schools for
the Know How to Go project, teaching children about the usefulness of post-high
school education and how they can start working towards one. In turn, the program wants to create a
positive effect not only on the future students, but to the future community as
well. “Our community is also a benefactor because this program will help
increase the amount of educated and skilled workers in our workforce,” said
a senator of the SGA.
Thumbs up! IU South Bend (SGA). One additional note to any parents out
there: V-tech educational games (Vreader and MobiGo) are worth the money, and
work extremely well. My son just turned 3 years old, and I bought him a Vreader
when he was 2 and MobiGo when he was 2 ½ and I just wanted to let everyone know
that he reads everything and he loves it.