"Rees strongly contested the notion that American education is doing better
than we think, citing work by Jay Greene at the University of Arkansas. Greene,
Reese writes, found that "'students in suburban public school districts
were not only trailing their international peers, but … they were barely
keeping pace with the average student in other developed countries.' Greene
also observed that 'out of the nearly 14,000 public school districts in the
U.S., only 6 percent have average student math achievement that would place them
in the upper third of global performance."Actually, a study was
done to show that if America weeded out those students who were not college
bound by the end of the 8th grade as the other developed countries do, America
would be ranked in the top 3 in Science and Math. We are doing a very good job
at educating all students as if they were college bound. That is something you
don't see in any other education system in the Europe or Asia.
I think Ravitch needs to look no further than Utah as the microcosm of political
forces ridiculing teachers and starving the system so much that the critics
bring forth a self-fulfilling prophecy. The testing nightmare needs
to end, it has basically killed creativity in a sub-generation of students.
Before it does every child in that started school in 2002 and after, it's
time to pull the plug and save our children and in the end our country.
If she issaying most of the problems are because of poverty and out of wedlock
children she is correct. Throwing more money at our education won't solve
that problem. Out of wedlock birth rate leads to poverty and crime. It is the
main problem in America today. Those who live in Utah do not see the problem
like you would if an area like DC or Detroit. Education, entitlement programs,
crime rates etc are all because of kids having kids. It is a problem that starts
in the home and the govnt cannot fix it. It is breaking America down.
Our country does not reflect an educated society, yet we spend more money on
education than all countries combined.Education is simple:* a classroom* teacher* chalkboard* books* paper, fine
art supplies, & pencil Everything else is a waste of time, and
money.Students should be a teacher to themselves. School, and the
world becomes their resource.
I would throw in some technology worf. It is the way the world works. Many
teachers are doing some good things with it. Like the chalkboard or a text, it
is a tool that opens up the world much broader for the creativity you seem to
have advocated strongly on these blogs for quite some time.
Good point. Some technology is great, but doesn't help students learn the
times table, or division.