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An obstacle in the American educational system greatly affects the United States and its citizens today Though I had never noticed it before it was happening throughout every day of my life as a student Now I see how the system fails to enhance and develop the type of person I need to become to contribute to the world in which we live in Reading Benjamin R Barber Deborah Tannen and Gregory Mantsioss essays on the issues of education today in America unraveled a new perspective that was already there but I never noticed used or explored The process we go through to educate ourselves is too passive We are being manipulated to think act speak and believe in only the things that are put in front of us so we never see a reason to question the system Barber Mantsios and Tannen each express their personal concerns with the education system that include methods being used determining who will be successful and who will not as well as manipulating the students and schools Throughout this essay I hope to highlight two of the issues that must change in order for the system to progress and solutions that the authors suggest One of the first issues that I will talk about is how all three authors touch on the role of gender and race play the path to success or not through education In Barbers essay The Educated Student Global Citizen or Global Consumer He states that the schools in the poor communities who cannot afford the technology and equipment needed to supply their students for a good education are taken advantage of by the big companies and commercialization 418 Although it may not seem like the biggest problem in the world the manipulation behind commercialization such as Channel One sends the wrong message to the students take advantage of those who are less fortunate to benefit yourself It may sound harsh but it is
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