Unfortunately, this is nothing new. In the last small town where we lived, the
3rd graders were (by test scores) among the smartest in the state, the middle
schoolers were in the middle, and the high school was in the bottom third of the
state.So literally, the longer you stayed in their schools, the
dumber you got. And I'm leaving out all our anecdotal proof of that due to
space limitations.This is another reason we home school--and
it's interesting that among minority families who homeschool, the
achievement gap everyone freaks about basically disappears.
Didn't we recently read in the DN about great improvements in the
graduation rate?To paraphrase Jerome Brumer, there is no honor in
promoting self-confident fools.
I'm sure "Common Core" and more money for school districts will fix
It's a very sad reflection on American society that the overall achievement
scores for high school students have actually gone down over the latest 20 year
testing period. To have a majority of students be non-proficient in both math
and reading is disgraceful and nationally embarrassing. Our society
has been advancing at unheard of rates regarding technology while the average
student is just stagnating at best. Extracted further, there's little
wonder the middle class is disappearing while the line between the haves and
have-nots grows. We are sending out students into the real world who are largely
incapable of competing at a competitive level in the workplace. Sadly, these same students actually do even worse in national and world
history. I recently watched a documentary about general knowledge levels of
students that was both sad and disheartening. The concept of low-information
voters then made more sense to me. It's little wonder we are sending people
to Washington whose governance we find unacceptable and disappointing. Young
voters don't understand world issues nor their relevance. This
trend simply has to be reversed and soon... or our society will continue
deteriorating in overall quality.
More of what hasn't worked:* more funding* standardized
testing* assessing * accountability* blame teachers,
schools, and administrators* free school lunches* teaching in
cooperatives groupings* etcDo the simple, less costly
thing.Leave teaching to teachers, school administration, and
name one thing that has improved under Barack Obama - anything?? Across the
board from the economy to foreign policy to food stamps and welfare to
unemloyment to our credit rating to violent crime to our childrens aptitude
...everything is in sharp decline. This is the phony hope and change from the
man in the empty suit.
Just last week there was an article in DN touting how Americans defer to faith
rather than science, as a rule. Well...
@patriot:Just one thing?How about tourism in Hawaii.
Not that I'm going to defend the common core (because I personally
don't see it as the solution to anything) but some of its detractors do
crack me instantly blaming it for these latest results. If I understand things,
it was results over the past 20 years. The common core math program has been
around for 1-2 years. Even those that took the test this year had many more
years of math in other modes of instruction and curriculum. Just sayin...
The results follow the just-released and seemingly more encouraging research
that U.S. high school graduation rates in 2012 reached 80 percent, a record.Yet only 38% are proficient in reading, and 25% with math.Sorry folks! Teachers giving honest grades mean low evaluations, and a fear
of not having contracts renewed. They will pass students to avoid punishment.
Students do know they won't fail and are not motivated to learn. They
learned this from elementary school, and now colleges pass students who
don't deserve it. Some do fail to make things look honest, but most every
one passes. That is just the way it is. The simple truth.