At the current juncture there are many people who are not aware of the greatest population shift to occur in the United States since its inception is taking place right now. At the present moment the majority of the population has seen a huge shift. That’s right in children under the age of 5-years old white non Latino people are now the majority. The United States Census Bureau has stated that by the year 2043 that the white race will no longer be the the majority of the populations.
The reasons for this decline in the white majority are few, however they have contributed to the change significantly. Many of these people are dying off, because of old or health related issues. Secondly, white families today are not reproducing in great numbers if at all. Thirdly, minority populations especially Latino’s have a large amounts of children. These three aspect have led to the current circumstance the country faces.
A huge problem will arise in the future for this country if it not resolved now. This problem lies in the future leadership of this nation, and the level of education of its population. Those who our socioeconomically depressed is certainly more relevant in minority community. There are many legitimate studies that people who come from families with high economic standards of living easily surpass those without the economic backing in the race for education. This means as the country population becomes more diverse the education level will drop. The majority of our population will be under-educated, and we will lose our footing in the global economy.
It is imperative that this nation invest in its youth now. There must be a platform that focuses on educated those in socio economically depressed neighborhoods with the same amount of care as the rich kid in Long Island. If this country in to move forward, and not get left behind this disparity must be tackled head on.
A person’s life is similar to a long road. This road is composed by different events. Some can be happy like a wedding, extraordinary like a birth, tragic like a death or some can improve your image like a job promotion. Most of the time this kind of important events become a turning point in your life.
In my opinion, one of the major event in my life was my move to Dublin. I was only seventeen years old when I decided to do to Ireland to finish my secondary school. I decided to leave France for an english-speaking country because being bilingual was essential. I went to the French school for my studies but I was living in an Irish family to improve my english.
When I arrived to the school most of the student was only her for a year. They all decided to live the same experience as me so it was easier to understand each other. Directly after school I had to come back home to do my homework and having a speaking time with my family.
At first, going back to home was a stressful moment. During the first few weeks my english was very bad. I couldn’t understand what they said or ask to me: “Do you want to have a desert” I was answering: “Yes, please” and I was showing my empty glass of water. Everyone was laughing at me. During few days I was sham to speak and I was anxious to never improve.
Then, I realized the solution. If I wanted to solve this problem I had to watch everyday an american movie and read ten pages of an english book. I did this listening and reading exercises with rigor. Few weeks later my improve was significant. I was speaking with ease to the family. My progress allowed me to be closer to the oldest sisters. We became good friends. She also introduced me to her friend and they quickly became mine. I was having all my free-time with theme. That mad me realized how it’s important to never give up and try to fight your weakness.
I recently don’t want to watch the Hong Kong news, it made me feel so upset. In the past one month, there are more than 4 students suicide. The youngest was 11 in primary school and the oldest was 18 in university. The reason they suicide is because they feel pressure of the education. No doubt, the education system in Hong Kong is too harsh.
I remember when I was small, since 6 years old. I wake up at 6:30 am everyday and sleep at 12:30 am. 8 hours of school, go to after school tutor for couple hours. After that, go to learn some different activities like musical instrument and sport. Finally go home and do the homework. One month before the exam, I cannot use the internet and watch any TV. My life was like that for about 10 years from primary to secondary school. It was so tired everyday. As a result, I am not even in the first 100 in my grade (there are almost 200 hundred students in same grade). So can you imagine how the first 10 live?
However, the education system is even harsher than before. Every parent wants their child to be the best and the first. I am so sick of competition. It was like no matter how hard I do, I am still in the middle. But I am lucky that my mother wasn’t that harsh for me, so that I don’t feel too much pressure from my parents. However, most of the kids unlike me, the teachers, the parents, the tutors push them so hard and give them so much pressure. How can a little child at 11 can handle all the pressure?
Is that the only way to develop a city to push our kids to die? I wish that we can lower down the standard and let our kids to enjoy their childhood life! If you ask me what is my childhood sounds like? My answer is study, pressure and exams.
Growing up in the western world with my roots coming from the eastern world, I cannot help but to see the lack of knowledge both worlds have about it each other. This is not only limited to the east and the west but countries within the west don’t known much about each other and the same goes for the east. I do not believe that only upon being exposed to a new culture in a strange land is the best way to learn about other but it also takes a mind that acknowledges that the world around us is not what only exists.
This semester I am taking a graduate course titled “Art in Mass Media”, which is taught by Prof. Shundi. If you have an opportunity to take that class, I would highly recommend it because its the kind of knowledge I believe many college students should have before becoming young professionals. Going back to the class, this is one of the few classes I have taken in my college years in which the professor does not limit everything to the just the Greek or Roman civilizations. We are taught about many great cultures and how their art influences us and how ours did to theirs. It is so strange to know that we are not told about the greatness that is beyond our cities. We read history textbooks, believe that we have been informed correctly and fall into generalizing a great group of people with stereotypes.
I myself have been guilty of not taking my curiosity beyond an assigned textbook. When I was in high school, I joined a program called the Abraham’s Vision Program. In that program, Muslim and Jewish students met up once a week, visited synagogues and mosques to learn more about the other faith. Our very first meeting for the program was a great eye opener. The Muslim group was sort of surprised to see the Jewish students dressed in clothes other than the regular orthodox attire and the Jewish students didn’t know Muslims even had televisions in their houses. I know this sounds insane but to a bunch of teenage high school students who have never been exposed correctly to different culture, these questions were both sincere and valid.
Even today I come across people who cannot grasp that my last name is Hussain but I have an American accent or that I was born here. I get comments like “you’re so Americanized” or “but your last name is Hussain so you’re not really from Brooklyn….”. We like to believe that we live in a global world and that we have all the knowledge in our palms with the cool devices we carry but the reality is that we are all still very stubborn about giving up the stereotypes that were handed down to us.