Education: Once a Skill, Now a Commodity

Education: Once a Skill, Now a Commodity

Today's post is authored by Education Project Group Member, Kavya Davuluri. 

Learning is what gives us life. Without learning, the screen you’re gazing at wouldn’t exist, these words wouldn’t have been written, nor would you have been born.

Let’s rewind. A few hundred thousand years may suffice. 20,000 years, to be precise.

Humankind had to learn about survival. Rather, how to survive. Fire had to be made. What animals could be hunted, which plants couldn’t be nibbled on, where water was pure and where the sun scorched down in a deadly stare of heat had to be determined. Of course, it was fairly trial-and-error. But once one individual learned a bit of valuable information, they told someone else, who then told five, who then told twenty.

DPS Sick Outs and the Ongoing Education Crisis

DPS Sick Outs and the Ongoing Education Crisis

Today's post is authored by MedEq Volunteer Coordinator, Navkiranjot Kaur.

On January 11th, 2016, 64 of 97 schools in the Detroit Public School District were closed due to a “sick-out” organized by teachers. As a method of protestation, teachers are using sick days that should, as the name entails, only be used when the teacher is too ill to perform her duties. While teachers demand attention to the distressed, unsafe conditions of schools in the district, 31,000 students are at a loss. Perhaps this is a small price to pay for the future of education in Detroit. It is challenging to address the numerous issues that plague the school system, but the teachers and district officials must cooperate.

The day after the sick-out, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan toured a number of schools in the district and addressed the concerns raised by the teachers. According to Detroit Free Press and the Christian Science Monitor, he reported that conditions were “heartbreaking,” seeing sights of dead mice, gym floors with water damage, and students wearing coats in cold classrooms. It is not only the physical conditions of the schools that have become intolerable in Detroit, but problems such as rodents, water leaks, and mold growth pose a great threat to the health of students and professionals in the schools.

The U.S Education System in a Globalized Context

The U.S Education System in a Globalized Context

Today's post is authored by Education Project Group Member, Sowmya Satagopan.

The United States prides itself in being superior than their counterparts in almost every aspect. Freedom, patriotism, media, wealth, opportunity, and health to name a few. But one thing that the US cannot take pride in is its education system. Even though we spend more money per student on education than all other countries, the results are not up to par.  The problem in the United States is not about the funding, rather it’s about how the government obtains the money from the people.

Millions of laid off American factory workers were the first to realize that they were competing against job seekers from around the world with far better skills than them. This will be the same fate for workers who are in technical fields unless this country learns to prepare them to compete for challenging work that the new economy requires. The main problem with the American workforce is that they have some of the weaker mathematical and critical thinking skills. In a survey conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, adults in the United States score below average in problem solving skills in comparison to two underdeveloped countries, Italy and Spain.  

Education and the Difficult Path to Excellence

Education and the Difficult Path to Excellence

Today's post is authored by Education Project Group member, Kavya Davuluri.

A week ago I discussed one way that education impacts health. If you would like to learn more about this first way, click HERE 

In today’s post, I introduce to you another way through which education impacts health. It’s less direct than the first, but just as poignant.

Last semester, I took a sociology class instructed by Dr. Janet Hankin, who also happens to be the professor of Dawn Misra, Ph.D., the Associate Chair for Research and panelist for MedEq’s Health Disparities panel discussion a week ago. Small world, I know. In this course, I was taught about the striking correlation between economic status and health along with how it relates to health disparities.

Learning to Live

Learning to Live

Today's post is authored by fellow MedEq Member, and member of the Education Project Group, Kavya Davuluri. 

There are a thousand and one ways through which education impacts health.

It will only take one however, to prove my point.

Education is learning. Regardless of what we do, whether staring into the clouds, listening to music, or even sleeping, we are always learning.  It’s amazing how we can go about living our daily lives and each day, no matter how little attention you are paying, you learn something. The famous mantra of, “Learn something new everyday.” resonates well within each and every one of us whether we believe it or not.

Advancements in Educational Reform with New Legislation

Advancements in Educational Reform with New Legislation

Today's post is authored by MedEq's Secretary, Gurveer Gill. 

When asked about policies pertaining to education and school reform, four words come to the minds of most Americans: No Child Left Behind. This act was passed by Congress in 2001 in efforts to, “close the achievement gap with accountability, flexibility, and choice so that no child is left behind (1).”However, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act has been replaced by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015 with a new legislation titled Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). America’s national K-12 education has been long overdue for revision that will be more effective to fully prepare students for success in college and future careers.

Analyzing Education Policy in Detroit

Analyzing Education Policy in Detroit

Today's post is co-authored by MedEq's Secretary Gurveer Gill and Volunteer Project Coordinator Navu Kaur. 

The overarching dilemma faced by Detroit Public schools is rapidly decreasing enrollment. A revised deficit elimination plan released to the Detroit Free Press in 2013 predicted that DPS enrollment will continue to decline, “...leaving the school district with about 13,000 fewer students and 28 fewer schools by 2016 (Detroit Free Press).” Moreover, according to the State School Aid Act, if attendance at any district falls below 75% on any given day during the school year, then the district loses per-pupil funding for that day. During the 2010-2011 school year, DPS reported over 19 days during which attendance fell below that threshold and as a result, the district suffered a loss of over $4.28 million dollars (The Huffington Post).

The Power of Knowledge

The Power of Knowledge

Today's post is co-authored by MedEq's Secretary Gurveer Gill and Volunteer Project Coordinator Navu Kaur. 

Education plays a vital role in our ability to understand and maintain our health as the more educated individuals have the knowledge and cognitive skills to make better-informed decisions pertaining to their health. In fact, greater educational attainment has been associated with health-promoting behaviors such as higher consumption of foods with greater nutritional value, engaging in regular physical activity, and refraining from risky behaviors including excessive alcohol consumption and smoking. Educational attainment is indeed a strong indicator of how informed we are about our health, but it is not the only indicator. Another prominent indicator lies in the realm of health literacy which despite being relatively simple, it is practice by a small amount of the population.

Correlations Between Education and Health Disparities

Correlations Between Education and Health Disparities

Today's post is co-authored by MedEq's Secretary Gurveer Gill and Volunteer Project Coordinator Navu Kaur. 

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” ~Maimonides

Society has stressed education for countless generations. Children are instilled with the perception that with an education, their life goals are more attainable. What is not commonly known, is how education impacts health.

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