August 3, 2012

August 3, 2012

United States Education Olympics

Welcome to another day in my life. Today is Friday and we have almost made it through another work week. I hope you have been having a safe and great week so far. It has been another extremely busy week for Dab the AIDS Bear and me.

In this blog, I usually talk about issues relating to HIV and AIDS, the LGBT community or current affairs. But today, I would like to talk about the condition of education for students in the United States because of some disturbing statistics I recently read in a report.

Most people have been watching the London Olympics since this past Saturday including Dab the AIDS Bear. So what would education in the United States look like from an Olympics point of view...

No bronze, no silver, and certainly no gold.

The London Olympics are well underway and, while our athletes are putting on an incredible performance, the U.S. continues to fall behind in a far more important competition: our children's education. We can do better than this.

While our teachers and students are working incredibly hard, the U.S. education system has failed to give them the support they need to succeed. The sad thing is, we know what it takes to improve things, but we just aren't doing it.

Let me give you an idea of how badly we are doing. If our education system jumped into a pommel horse routine ... well, let's just say it would not look very pretty:

That's right: 25th place in math and 17th in science.

If the education system in the United States is ever going to go for gold we need to shape up. Contact your elected officials and ask for more funding for education programs and services so the leaders of tomorrow can get the education they need today.

Hope you have a safe and great Friday!

Until we meet again; here's wishing you health, hope, happiness and just enough.

big bear hug,

Daddy Dab