How can we improve early education?

Question: How can we improve early education?

D. Quinn Mills: I think the biggest problem that we have is the parents. I don’t think the problem lies in the teachers and in the school. Now, they can be better and there are problems, but if people really want to learn and we have islands of that the United States and I can talk about some of those examples. If people really want to learn you don’t need much, but books or a television screen in the internet and some adults to work with you. It isn’t the quality of the buildings or the amount of money spent or any of that kind of thing. Learning has to be self-motivated. I think, by and large, the American adult population does not care much about it, does not convey values of that nature to it’s young people, to its children, and we have a basic problem of motivation is I guess when I am saying. On the other hand, we do have islands, some in the minority communities, some in the majority community. We have the areas like the Asian American community right now in which the learning effort is enormous. I remember talking to a young Asian student, college student the other day who said to me, they say, “we Asians are just very bright,” he said “I can remember all the nights I spent at the libraries, when my friends who where not Asians in San Francisco, were out playing and partying and I was working all the time.” And that level of commitment and that level of effort is what really is needed. Most American parents are not bothering to instill that at all just too. Now, add one final thing, we have a huge entertainment complex for profit and its purpose is to develop people and it spends enormous amount of time, effort, imagination diverting people in entertainment. So, the broad media industry is a real problem in this regard and of course they deny any responsibility for it all.

Recorded on: 9/27/07

 

 

 

Start with the parents, says Mills.

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