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As in the article: Americans: Our Education System Is a Major Concern, includes with its description that;

A majority of Americans say they are not satisfied with the nation’s education system. They also have little hope

that public schools will improve anytime soon.

That information comes from a public opinion study released earlier this month.

This indicates that there are many problems embedded in the education system worldwide, although in great

countries as well as America at present.

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Americans: Our Education System Is a Major Concern

October 22, 2019

In this April 18, 2014 file photo, students are shown in a fourth-grade classroom at Olympic View Elementary School in Lacey, Washington. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
In this April 18, 2014 file photo, students are shown in a fourth-grade classroom at Olympic View Elementary School in Lacey, Washington. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

A majority of Americans say they are not satisfied with the nation’s education system. They also have little hope that public schools will improve anytime soon.

That information comes from a public opinion study released earlier this month.

John Della Volpe directed the poll for RealClear Politics. The poll asked registered voters about their thoughts and expectations of K-12 education. K-12 schools are kindergartens, elementary and secondary schools.

Volpe told VOA that Americans have major concerns about the quality of K-12 schools.

"And they expect and will soon be demanding more from elected officials at all levels of government.”

Volpe says the majority of voters believe the current education system is performing “only fair or poor.”

Only a small number, eight percent, say it is excellent.

People do not have a lot of hope for improvement, either. Most people answered that they do not think American schools will be a model for the world in the next 20 years.

The United States, Volpe says, has “a long way to go in order for us to lead the world in quality education.”

FILE — Teacher Carol Mowen, right, works with student Kirsten Delauney on an oral history project at Washington County Technical High School in Hagerstown, Md.
FILE — Teacher Carol Mowen, right, works with student Kirsten Delauney on an oral history project at Washington County Technical High School in Hagerstown, Md.

U.S. public schools

Public schools in the U.S. provide education from kindergarten through 12th grade. They are generally free for students. Each of the 50 states manages its own public school system.

Financial support for public schools comes from state and local governments. The federal government provides a small percentage of the money needed, too.

Much of the money comes from local property taxes. So, there are often differences between schools in wealthier neighborhoods and those in poorer areas.

Volpe said people’s beliefs about their schools are “highly” connected to how much money they make.

“You are three and a half times more likely to…believe you are in a good school district or that education will be better in the future and a standard for others to follow if you come from a household who has income of $150,000 or more, relative to those who earn less than $50,000.”

Because of this, he says, there is “a rising sense of not only economic inequality in this country but educational inequality.”

FILE-- A first grade class of 30 children waits to enter a classroom, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Willow Glenn Elementary School in San Jose, California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
FILE-- A first grade class of 30 children waits to enter a classroom, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Willow Glenn Elementary School in San Jose, California. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

What do Americans expect from their schools?

The researchers asked study participants what they want public schools to provide children. The participants chose from a list of 15 possible priorities.

The top answer? Schools should teach students to read and write. Next was to teach them to be “good citizens.” The third-most important priority was to keep students “safe from violence and physical harm.”

Preparing students to “enter the workforce” and giving them “knowledge of American history” came in fourth and fifth.

Only about half of the participants said schools should prepare students for college. That choice came in 13th.

In a time of great political division in the U.S., Volpe says, education is an exception.

“K-12 education is one of very few issues where partisanship and ideology is not a major factor or a major driver.”

People from both major political parties agree that the education system needs improvement. Fifty-one percent of Republicans and 55 percent of Democrats rate American education as “only fair” or “poor.”

K-12 education is an important issue to voters. But it has not received much attention so far in the 2020 political election cycle.

Instead, politicians have debated about higher education, such as whether colleges and universities should be free.

Volpe says the poll shows that education is an issue that will be important in 2020.

“I think the politicians and the candidates are not making (education) a priority. But I'm not sure that people are accepting that or will accept it any further. It is a top priority, and I think it can made a difference between candidates in the Democratic primary or certainly in the general election.”

I’m Anne Ball.

Anne Ball wrote this story for Learning English. Ashley Thompson was the editor.

How is K-12 education viewed in your country? What do you think of this story? Write to us in the comments section below.

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Words in This Story

poll – n. an activity in which several or many people are asked a question or a series of questions in order to get information about what most people think about something

key – adj. extremely important

status – n. the position or rank of someone or something when compared to others in a society, organization, group

school district – n. an area or region containing the schools that a school board is in charge of

standard – n. a level of quality, achievement, etc., that is considered acceptable or desirable

inequality – n. an unfair situation in which some people have more rights or better opportunities than other people

priority – n. something that is more important than other things and that needs to be done or dealt with first

partnership – n. the state of being partners

factor – n. something that helps produce or influence a result : one of the things that cause something to happen

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October 22, 2019

October 22, 2019
A look at the best news photos from around the world.

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1Residents and firefighters carry a Black Nazarene statue from a burning house after a fire broke out at an unofficial settlement in Manila, Philippines.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau wave to supporters after the federal election at the Palais des Congres in Montreal, Quebec. Trudeau's Liberals held onto power after a closely fought election, but were reduced to a minority government that will need the support in Parliament of a smaller left-leaning party.
2Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau wave to supporters after the federal election at the Palais des Congres in Montreal, Quebec. Trudeau's Liberals held onto power after a closely fought election, but were reduced to a minority government that will need the support in Parliament of a smaller left-leaning party.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) shouts
3Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) shouts "banzai", as he cheers for Emperor Naruhito (top L) and Empress Masako at a ceremony to proclaim the emperor's enthronement to the world, called Sokuirei-Seiden-no-gi, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
A woman walks past tractors as farmers protest against the government's agricultural policy, including plans to discontinue the use of glyphosate pesticides and to introduce more animal protection, during a demonstration in Bonn, western Germany.
4A woman walks past tractors as farmers protest against the government's agricultural policy, including plans to discontinue the use of glyphosate pesticides and to introduce more animal protection, during a demonstration in Bonn, western Germany.
People run as a vehicle burns during riots at Hal Far Open Centre migrant camp in Hal Far, Malta, Oct. 21, 2019.
5People run as a vehicle burns during riots at Hal Far Open Centre migrant camp in Hal Far, Malta, Oct. 21, 2019.
Firefighters battle a fire from the air. The blaze was threatening homes in the Pacific Palisades community of Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2019.
6Firefighters battle a fire from the air. The blaze was threatening homes in the Pacific Palisades community of Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2019.
A silent performer holds up a Brexit-related sign outside the Houses of Parliament in London.
7A silent performer holds up a Brexit-related sign outside the Houses of Parliament in London.
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8Enric Mas of Spain celebrates after winning the Tour of Guangxi cycling race in Guilin, in China's southern Guangxi region.

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6 Minute English

INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Loneliness

EPISODE 181108 / 08 NOV 2018

Introduction

We all live in an over-crowded world which is fast approaching eight billion people. Despite that many individuals feel alone and isolated. The BBC did a survey about loneliness involving 55,000 people from all over the world. Neil and Sam discuss the findings and teach you new vocabulary.

This week's question

Where is the most isolated inhabited place on the planet? That's the place furthest away from anywhere else with the fewest people living there. Is it:

a) McMurdo Station in Antarctica

b) Siwa Oasis in Egypt's Western Desert

c) The island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic

Listen to the programme to find out the answer.

Vocabulary

isolated
far away from other places and people

stereotype
a simplistic view of person or group based on certain characteristics such as nationality, age, profession

intensely
strongly

to be plagued by something
to be tormented by something; to have it causing you problems and difficulties

figure something out
try to understand something

to regulate
to control

Transcript 

Note: This is not a word for word transcript

Neil
Hello. Welcome to 6 Minute English, I'm Neil. 

Sam
And I'm Sam. 

Neil
And we are sitting here in New Broadcasting House, in the middle of London. Would you say, Sam, that this is an isolated place? 

Sam
Oh no, not at all. Isolated means far away from other places and people. 

Neil
Does that mean then, do you think, that you can't be lonely here, with all these people around and all these things to do? 

Sam
Ah, good question. Can you be lonely in a crowd? Yes, of course, I think you can be because being lonely isn't about physical isolation. I think you can be lonely anywhere if you feel that you are disconnected from the world around you, if you feel that no one understands you. If you are living happily in isolation in The Scottish Highlands, for example, I'm sure you could feel lonely if you came here to London. 

Neil
Well, loneliness is today's topic. The BBC has just completed a big survey about it which we will learn more about shortly. But first, of course, a question: Where is the most isolated inhabited place on the planet - by which I mean the place furthest away from anywhere else with the fewest people living there. Is it:

a) McMurdo Station in Antarctica

b) Siwa Oasis in Egypt's Western Desert, or is it

c) the island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic 

What do you think, Sam?

Sam
I've got absolutely no idea, so this is just a guess - I think it's the one in Antarctica. I'm going to go with that. 

Neil
Well, we'll have the answer later on in the programme. Loneliness is seen as a big problem for the mental health of the population, so much so that the British government has a minister for loneliness. But which age group suffers most from loneliness. Here is a BBC report about the research. 

James Gallagher, BBC Health and science correspondent
There is a common stereotype that loneliness affects only the old and the isolated. It does, but what this experiment also shows is that loneliness is felt throughout life. People aged between 16 and 24 experience loneliness more often and more intensely than any other age group. 

Neil
So according to the research, Sam, which section of society is most affected by loneliness? 

Sam
This might be a surprise, but it's 16 to 24 year olds. 

Neil
I was surprised by that because like many, I would've guessed that it was older people. 

Sam
The reporter did say that that was a stereotype. A stereotype is nothing to do with stereo music, but it's the noun we use to describe a very simple and basic judgement of someone and their character and personality based on their age, nationality, profession and so on. So a stereotype of British people is that we can't cook, we have bad teeth, we are very reserved and never say what we mean. 

Neil
I don't know what you mean, my cooking is wonderful, Sam. And the stereotype is that old people get lonely. 

Sam
Much like the stereotypes of British people, this may be true in some cases - I've eaten some of your home-cooked meals remember, Neil - but it's not true for the majority. It is young people who feel lonely more often and more intenselyIntensely here means strongly. The feeling of loneliness is stronger in young people than older people. 

Neil
The reporter goes on to give some explanation for why young people might be more lonely. 

James Gallagher, BBC Health and science correspondent
Researchers from the University of Manchester who analysed the data, suggested feeling lonely may plague the young because it's a time of identity change. Figuring out your place in the world and of learning to regulate emotions. 

Neil
He says that feeling lonely may plague young people, what does he mean there? 

Sam
If you are plagued by something, it means that it troubles you, it bothers you and not just once, it's something that happens continually or repeatedly. 

Neil
And he says this may be because at that age we are still figuring out our place in the world. We are trying to understand the world and what we are supposed to do with our lives. 

Sam
He also suggests that younger people have not yet learned how to regulate their emotions, which is another way of saying to control their emotions. 

Neil
Right. Time to review this week's vocabulary, but before that let's have the answer to the quiz. I asked: Where is the most isolated inhabited place on the planet? Is it:

a) McMurdo Station in Antarctica

b) Siwa Oasis in Egypt's Western Desert or

c) the island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic 

What did you say, Sam? 

Sam
I said a).

Neil
Well, I'm afraid to say the answer is actually c) the island of Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic. It has a population of fewer than 300 and it's only accessible by a 6-day voyage by ship from South Africa. 

Sam
So not a popular place for a weekend break! 

Neil
Indeed not. Now it's time for a recap of our vocabulary. The first word was isolated which Tristan da Cunha certainly is. It means far away from other place and people. 

Sam
Then there was stereotype the noun for a simplistic view of person or group based on their nationality, age, profession and the like. 

Neil
Intensely
 means strongly. 

Sam
Being plagued by something means it causes you problems and difficulties. 

Neil
If you are trying to figure something out, you are trying to understand it. 

Sam
And to regulate something means to control it. 

Neil
Well, sadly, that's the end of the programme. Hopefully you won't feel too lonely without us, remember we are always here on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, our App and of course the website bbclearningenglish.com. See you soon. Goodbye.  

Sam
Bye!

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FINISHED

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