Marissa Ray, Blog Entry #1

Imagine America. When you do you will likely envision eagles flying, fireworks exploding, and the “Star Spangled Banner” playing in the background. This is the ideal. In reality, the United States is falling behind. In the opening scene of the Newsroom as Will McAvoy describes how the United States used to be the greatest country in the world he says “we were able to be all these things and do all these things because we were informed”. It seems that Americans have been lulled into complacency by our previous success that, as a whole, we no longer “aspire to intelligence”. In fact, according to the 2013-2014 Global Competitiveness Report the overall quality of the United States’ education is ranked 25th in the world, math and science ranked 49th and ranked 7th in literacy. However, this is not to say that there are not exceptions or that the situation is irreparable for the United States is among the top five countries in the world for ‘capacity for innovation’. It is with this innovation that we can push our country back up to the top again. We can no longer sit in ignorance of our own failings, we must take the opportunity to inform ourselves and take the next step so that me may go forward instead of remaining still. America is not the greatest country in the world, but we can make it better. 


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