first_imgMolly Jenkins Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Opinion: We need to stop defining politicians simply on their public speaking ReddIt As the ladies of TCU get ready to celebrate what is supposed to be one of the most romantic days of the year, I bet we are all thinking the same thing.”We are baby-making machines.”At least, that’s what Japanese Health Minister Hakuo Yanagisawa seems to hope the women of Japan are thinking.Yanagisawa was speaking about Japan’s declining birthrate Jan. 27 when he uttered the now-infamous statement, “the number of birth-giving machines and devices is fixed, so all we can ask for is for them to do their best per head.” Twitter What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Opinion: my thoughts after the Stoneman Douglas school shooting Molly Jenkins is the Associate Editor of the Skiff. She is a junior journalism major and nutrition minor from Portland, Oregon. The thing she misses the most from Oregon are Por Que No?’s Tacos. TAGSeducation Twitter Molly Jenkins printEducation is everything. It is the foundation of a society. It seeps into every facet of life. I am a strong believer that a country with a well-educated population is a strong, need I say great, country. That’s why I believe if we are going to “make America great again” we need to focus on our education system.Recently, there has been a focus on Americans’ health issues and health care policy. However, if you take a step back, I think there is a broader way to help fix many health issues in America simply by focusing on education. As Former First Lady Laura Bush once said, “There is a very close tie between good health and a good education.”The United States’ Supplemental Nutrition Education Program (SNAP), an entitlement program focused on feeding low-income Americans, has a second program called SNAP-Ed. The goal of SNAP-Ed is to help educate SNAP participants on healthy eating practices. This pushes those on SNAP to live healthier lives while simultaneously helping food-insecure individuals. By improving the nutrition health status of low-income Americans you are going to help decrease the need for costly healthcare.If more people in America were better educated, whether it be on nutrition or simply in general, a lot of problems would likely decrease, such as obesity, the spread of STDs, unplanned pregnancies and thus abortions, unemployment rates, homelessness, drug and alcohol abuse, sexual assault, school shootings and… well, the list is endless.Another thing Bush eloquently said was, “Education is the Key. With a really good education, you have a much broader view of the world. Well educated people can seek help for themselves. They can help others.” She is correct. Educated people help others help themselves. If you think of all the wonderful programs that help those in need– from the Salvation Army to Global Health Corps (a stellar organization started by none other than Bush’s daughter Barbara Bush), they were all started by a group of well-educated individuals.I attribute all my successes in life largely to two factors– attending top-tier schools from kindergarten to college, and my parents’ realization of the value of an education, which led them to invest in mine. I know for a fact I would be nowhere without my parents and my education. I realize how privileged I am to have had parents that worked hard to privatize my entire education. It is my dream that a larger population of America can also indulge in such an education. Now, I am not implying everyone should attend private schools and that private schools are always superior. I simply think more effort needs to be put into making public education stronger, as well as into making private schools more easily available for Americans. Like with any industry, competition is key to increasing the quality of a good or service. This is why I think school choice is a good idea. However, school choice raises an entirely different a debate, which I will discuss at another time. Whether you support school choice or not, it is undeniable that something needs to be done to help schools. There are large disparities in the education received by students in higher socioeconomic communities versus those in low-income ones. Let’s take a step back to the presidential campaign of 2004 between John Kerry and George W. Bush. During a debate in Arizona, Bush said that reading is the new civil rights issue of the century. “You cannot solve a problem unless you diagnose the problem,” he said. Bush explained that the only way to ensure people have jobs in the 21st century is through a strong education system and critically closing the minority achievement gap. If this gap is not closed these students will be unable to compete with their peers.So, you ask, what did Bush do about this issue?  He signed No Child Left Behind (NCLB) into law. NCLB increased the federal government’s role in schools. And, while I am largely an advocate for limiting the government’s involvement, I think in this case it was important for the government to step in. Like I said at the start of the article, the country’s education system is crucial. I think it is part of the government’s role to see that Americans are well educated. Not because it is the right of everyone to have the best education known to man, but because the government should want what is best for the country, and a good education is just that. NCLB put a focus on special education students, minority, poor and those learning English, since these were the students lagging behind the rest. This focus is an attempt to close the minority achievement gap.America’s education expenditure as of 2013 was at 4.9 percent of the GDP, placing us in 63rd place. If we are going to “make America great again” that is not going to cut it, folks. A 2017 Pew Research Center study showed that the U.S.’ academic achievement level fell in the middle of all countries in regards to reading, math and science. Just a few of the many countries ahead of us were Vietnam, South Korea and Macau in science; Poland, Estonia and Tai Won in math; and Slovenia, Norway and Canada in reading. Singapore reigned the top of all stats. My point is this: maybe if we stopped putting so much energy into all the controversial issues where things pass or don’t pass based on a single vote and instead put our efforts towards something less controversial but just as equally important and impactful we could see the change we all want to see. Facebookcenter_img Molly Jenkins ReddIt Linkedin Opinion: Why Beto O’Rourke’s campaign will end like Hillary Clinton’s Opinion: Why I am thankful for my liberal friends, family Previous articleListen: Ball Don’t Lie: The MadnessNext articleOpinion: We need to stop defining politicians simply on their public speaking Molly Jenkins RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin + posts Molly Jenkins Molly Jenkins What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Facebooklast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Aiken (S.C.) Standard:MTU America flipped the switch last Wednesday in celebration of its new solar panel field in Graniteville. To create the solar panel field, MTU America collaborated with Sol America, SCE&G, the South Carolina Department of Transportation, Key Equipment Finance and Aiken County.They were praised by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster for working together and break new ground in the generation and transmission of energy. We commend them, as well.Solar power is gaining in popularity, and the County’s willingness to embrace such technology means our leaders are looking to the future.“The kind of innovation reflected here with this solar power, that’s what is going to take us into new dimensions in South Carolina,” McMaster said. “We are on the way up, and if we don’t mess it up with high taxes and heavy regulations, the future here is incomparable to anything else in the rest of the country. I congratulate all the leadership in Aiken County, this company and all those involved for making great decisions to produce wealth, prosperity and happiness.”Aiken County and MTU America aren’t the only entities going solar. North Augusta entered into an agreement with Clean Energy Collective, or CEC Development LLC, to enroll in the SCE&G Community Solar program. This agreement will help the city offset some, or all, of its electric use and save on energy costs.MTU America will see a benefit from its solar panel field, as well. According to Dan Kaminski, senior manager of purchasing for MTU America, “Under the current program with SCE&G, it (MTU America’s system) is feeding SCE&G’s grid. After 10 years, we can continue feeding the grid, at a wholesale rate, or we can bring it into our own grid. We’ll be putting it on our on grid because it will offset our peak demand, which is for air conditioning on hot, sunny days when the solar field is doing its thing. It’s a perfect match.”Utilizing solar power is not only good for the environment, but the pocketbook, as well, and it’s good to have City, County and business leaders so enthusiastic about such technology.Editorial: Solar power is good for economy, environment Editorial: The Solar Pocketbooklast_img read more