Students lack the knowledge to maintain the United State’s economy. “Despite high U.S. unemployment, and far higher under-employment, major U.S. employment. employers cannot find qualified American applicants to fill their job openings.” (Crotty, James Marshall). Because of the abundance of slacking students and misleading educational benefactors (such as the NEA), the economy is gradually slipping into the trash bin. Educational material is going out of date, and schools lack the money to replace them. “Americans barely reach the international literacy average set by advanced democracies, according to a report issued by the Educational Testing Service after looking at the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS).” (Peterson, Paul E.). Foreign countries view the United States as a country of greed and laziness, and the youth of the nation are misunderstanding the issues within its borders. In a couple of years, the United States’ Federal Official, leaders, and money makers of the country will go into retirement. And when the high schoolers of today reach their position, they’re going to drag down the nation because of this involuntary degeneracy of knowledgeable students. Arranging students’ instructional schedules to attend school for either a longer time of the day or adding an extra day to the set of school days will help increase general knowledge all throughout the country. “Japanese students spend 240 days a year at school, 60 days more than their American counterparts.” (Johnson & Johnson). Japan, a country of futuristic intentions and creativity, is known to have school entry exams which will indicate student placement. Their uniforms specify class hierarchy and intelligence level. All of this goes to show their competitive mindset. “The implications of [this] are that not only do Japanese students receive more actual time per day engaged in focused, academic study, but they also spend more days overall and therefore may have a clear advantage in terms of practice, repetition, and breadth of knowledge.” (University of Michigan). Japanese students have a tendency to desire being more educated; they are determined to become so fit for their futures, and it is part of their culture to revolve around high academics abilities. Yet, US students lack the understanding of educational determination to better their futures and country. The difference between Japanese students and United States students is that teenagers here in the US are overall equivocal about general studies, and what they perspire to be when they hit adulthood.
Maybe it is not even the amount of instructional time. “Passivity dampens students' motivation and curiosity.” (University of Wisconsin). It is a known fact all around schools that a substantial amount of students go to school for social purposes or because they need something to do during the day. In