Our children's intelligence is often compared to the intelligence of countries who enforce stricter guidelines for their young people. But what I've come to understand is because we are a free people, we are also a more creative people. We allow our children to explore other aspects of their strengths and interests. Maybe math is their downfall, but maybe they are excellent artists, scientists, or computer whizzes. We are free to develop our strengths. We also know there are people who have those strengths we don't and we are free to work in cooperation with others.
I saw an item on the news the other day about a country whose children hold the strongest scores in standardized tests they took this year. What we found out was it wasn't a country-wide accomplishment, but only one reserved for students in the wealthiest cities. What we also found out was, countries whose children are required to study and perform well on tests have also never produced a creative thinker such as Steve Jobs.
I think there is always room for improvement when it comes to our children's education. It's a nationwide downfall. But I also appreciate what our veterans have won for our children: pursuit of happiness; letting them be who they want to be in our ever changing world.