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Future American Generations Face a Dismal Future

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Started: 5/29/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Today we are seeing a drastic change in regards to the American economy. We have switched from a country of manufacturing and agriculture, to a country whose economy is based on technology and services. At the same time, the US is falling drastically behind other developing nations in regards to science and mathematics. Many people believe that the current and future American generations will struggle in a competitive globalized world where other nations are producing smarter and better-equipped young people. I motion that unless drastic changes are made to our education system and to people"s mindsets in regards to the importance of education that our economic future looks bleak.


Changes are already being made to provide a richer educational experience for our youths and the number of college-graduates has increased drastically since the late 1990's. During the twenty-first century, the amount of college-graduated students have skyrocketed and the curriculum is steadily becoming more advanced, more thought-out, and more important with funding and recognition!

With this influx of intellectually superior graduates, many have a degree in technological fields in which we're becoming more and more dependent on. Many inventions, such as touch-screen phones and wireless connection, has made clear communication and information ready for us to use. Without the limitations of traveling to a library to study on books, students can use applications to talk efficiently, study online with great resources, and have instructional materials online for ease of use and compatible learning.

Already, the United States makes technological breakthroughs and demonstrates a strong workforce. Our future is being held by fully-educated workers and high school drop outs are less than ever! More students are applying their knowledge into everyday problems and the skills taught in studies are showing. Groups such as AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) and school-support groups are dramatically growing!

AVID students are collected from the average grade group and are instructed on how to get scholarships, teaching them determination to work hard, and to take challenging, rigorous courses. Students learning with advanced placements and honors are everywhere and it's hard to find someone in college who hasn't taken one or two AP classes!

This proves their intellect and how they can prove their ability to utilize it in situations. Still, the United States has a strong technological prowess, but our agriculture is maintained even better than most countries! We produce healthy foods, contain strong regulations to prohibit disease and health problems, and are inspiring people to take online colleges if they dropped out, leaving them another chance.

We have a plentiful amount of brilliant minds from various parts of the world immigrate into our society and contribute to our growth. Our policy is heavily guarded by many safety-protocols and a net to make sure we won't fall in any accident. We have lived 237 years of history and became a superpower in that time. If we survived through the Great Depression, we're certain to survive against other, competitive countries with our amazing generation of learners, willpower, and sheer strength!
Debate Round No. 1


I must first start by stating that I find Kyznet"s optimistic attitude refreshing and encouraging. However, data does not lie and presents a very different outlook than Kyznet portrays. The fact is that American students are not "intellectually superior" as Kyznet states. According to the New York Times in an article titled, U.S. Students Still Lag Globally in Math and Science, Tests Show by Motoko Rich, the United States is lagging way behind its counterparts in other parts of the world. Rich states, "Only 7 percent of students reached the advanced level in eighth-grade math, while 48 percent of eighth graders in Singapore and 47 percent of eighth graders in South Korea reached the advanced level."
Recently a large study was conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This study tested over half a million kids in 65 countries. American students came in 30th on the exam falling into the below average category behind Canada, Poland, Korea, India and China.

Kyznet points out that more Americans are attending college now than in the 1990s. While it is true that more Americans are attending college today, this factor is only slightly true with an increase in education from 31% of Generation X to 33% in today"s current Millennial generation. See the Digest of Educational Statistics on the website. Also there is a reported increase in students getting degrees that are not in mathematics and hard sciences.
I agree that the US is full of bright creative innovators, however the overall population is decreasing in its technological, scientific, and mathematics skills. Middle School and High School students are testing much lower than average and tech companies are having to import many jobs to better qualified candidates.

It is true that the US continues to be the leader in technological and scientific industries and continues to have the highest rated universities in the world. However, this does not prove anything for the current American young person as these institutions also import great minds from all over the world. The fact is that in the United States people used to be able to get jobs building cars, planes, TVs, and refrigerators. Today we do not produce that many hard commodities. Instead we produce technology and technological services.


Layton, L. (2013, December 2). U.S. students lag around average on international science, math and reading test. The Washington Post. Retrieved May 29, 2014, from

Historical summary of faculty, students, degrees, and finances in degree-granting institutions: Selected years, 1869-70 through 2005-06. (n.d.). Historical summary of faculty, students, degrees, and finances in degree-granting institutions: Selected years, 1869-70 through 2005-06. Retrieved May 29, 2014, from

Key findings - OECD. (n.d.). PISA 2012 Results. Retrieved May 29, 2014, from

Rich, M. (2012, December 12). U.S. Students Still Lag Globally in Math and Science, Tests Show. The NY Times. Retrieved May 28, 2014, from


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Debate Round No. 2


I wish that you had not forfitted. Looking at your profile I realize that you might be young and here to learn. You were doing a great job.


Kyznet forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by nonprophet 2 years ago
Well keep dumbing yourselves down and put it through the test. I'm sure the rest of the world cares about football scores, celebrity gossip and Jesus stories as much as Americans do.
Most Americans can't even spell, anymore!
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