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_imgNEW: R&B singer R. Kelly, charged with aggravated sexual abuse, angrily denied the accusations in a new interview with @GayleKing, insisting the claims are “rumors” & “not true.” Kelly has pleaded not guilty; see the first clips here & watch @CBSThisMorning Wednesday at 7a ET.— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) March 5, 2019When asked if he held any women against their will, Kelly said, making a point to speak directly to the camera, “How stupid would it be for R. Kelly, with all I have been through in my way, way past to hold somebody. Let alone 4, 5, 6, 50 you said — how stupid would I be to do that?”According to the Cook County Prosecutor’s Office, which charged Kelly last month, three of the four accusers were younger than 17 at the time of the alleged incidents.When Kelly was charged at the end of February, the singer’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, said he believes all the alleged victims “are lying” about his client.Kelly continued to claim his innocence to CBS, breaking down in the process.“I need to be a monster and hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement and don’t let them eat and don’t let them out … Stop it,” he said. “Y’all quit playin. Quit playin. I didn’t do this stuff. This is not me y’all. I’m fighting for my f—– life.”But King continued to press Kelly, sometimes saying she finds it hard to believe the singer is innocent, explaining to him that “we are in a different time, where women are speaking out,” referencing #MeToo and other powerful movements as to why some allegations are coming out now from his past.“Now women feel safe saying these things about you,” she added.“I love women. I love all women. I love everybody. But the thing is, is that these stories on Lifetime they’re very bogus. And they’re not true. Absolutely not true,” he added. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Scott Olson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) —  Two weeks after the singer was charged with 10 counts of felony criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, R. Kelly is speaking out in his first interview — getting emotional, claiming his innocence and lashing out, saying these allegations are “not fair.”In an interview with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King, the singer, 52, referenced his past case from 2008 involving assault and abuse claims, which ended in his acquittal.“It’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case,” the singer says in the clip released by the network.But King pushes Kelly, saying the new charges he’s facing involves new women and claims, whether they are from the past or not. In response, the singer says their claims are “not true.”The allegations and charges against Kelly have come after the network Lifetime aired its special Surviving R. Kelly, a docuseries about the decades’ worth of misconduct allegations against the singer.“Whether they’re old rumors, new rumors, future rumors, not true,” he adds.last_img read more