Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Education Ignores American's Health Needs

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Education Ignores American's Health Needs

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Education Ignores American's Health Needs.

Education in early historical times was a privilege to be enjoyed by selected individuals. The arguments for not providing education to certain other individuals were based on policies of deliberate discrimination. Education, as well as its lack, has an impact upon society which may not manifest for years. The latent, pernicious effects of discrimination are presently manifested in the quality and lifestyle of a large segment of Americans.

In a democratic society, education is an essential tool to eradicate ills as well as enhance the well-being, prosperity and quality of life of all its citizens. Support for education through government, private philanthropy and moralistic activities influences the quality of life of future generations. The quality of American education determines the extent to which certain needs can realistically be accompanied.

A major challenge is the eradication of ills brought on by years of unconscionable discriminatory policies. Through education, equal opportunities for a better quality of life must be created. The end result of such education must address the basic democratic concept: equality for all Americans.

Education must respond to a new need, brought on in part by the advent of sophisticated technologies and global competition for the marketing of goods and jobs. Education must provide individuals with flexibility and the adaptable, salable skills needed to compete in a volatile global economy. Many believe a change in public education is required to provide such essential skills. There is a great deal of debate regarding the extent to which changes should occur.

The government has the responsibility of providing educational opportunities to all its citizens. Scientific education, with the advent of sophisticated technologies, provides the salable skills needed to compete in the increasingly important global economy. Allied health is a major component of health-science education. The government's responsibility here, especially beyond the secondary level, needs to be analyzed in discussing health care reform.

Learning to care for human patients includes education, research and the delivery of clinical services in various disciplines related to health care. Much of the discussion over health-science education does not include the delivery of clinical services in various disciplines of health care. …

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