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What is happening to our educational system?

Nearly three decades after A Nation at Risk, the groundbreaking report by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, warned of “a rising tide of mediocrity that threatens our very future as a Nation and a people,” the gains we have made in improving our schools are negligible—even though we have doubled our spending (in inflation-adjusted dollars) on K–12 public education. On America’s latest exams (the National Assessment of Educational Progress), one-third or fewer of eighth-grade students were proficient in math, science, or reading. Our high-school graduation rate continues to hover just shy of 70 percent, according to a 2010 report by the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center, and many of those students who do graduate aren’t prepared for college. ACT, the respected national organization that administers college-admissions tests, recently found that 76 percent of our high-school graduates “were not adequately prepared academically for first-year college courses.”

While America’s students are stuck in a ditch, the rest of the world is moving ahead. The World Economic Forum ranks us 48th in math and science education. On international math tests, the United States is near the bottom of industrialized countries (the 34 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development), and we’re in the middle in science and reading. Similarly, although we used to have one of the top percentages of high-school and college graduates among the OECD countries, we’re now in the basement for high-school and the middle for college graduates. And these figures don’t take into account the leaps in educational attainment in China, Singapore, and many developing countries.

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1969/12/the-failure-of-american-schools/8497/

 
tasches

Asked by tasches at 4:58 PM on May. 10, 2011 in

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  • And yes, parent involvement is the most vital part, but back when kids had parents who couldn't even read or do basic math, they still had higher expectations.
    CallMeAngie

    Answer by CallMeAngie at 5:03 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • Teachers are given too many responsibilities that parents should be addressing. If teachers could just get back to academics then the students grades/scores would improve. Instead teachers are overwhelmed with all the non-academic stuff they are now required to do.
    meooma

    Answer by meooma at 5:05 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • PArents need to value education and insist that their kids do too. ANd the "No Child Left Behind" thing is a disaster.
    Teachers need to be allowed to TEACH. ANd kids need to like school and respect their teachers.
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 5:01 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • Instead of keeping high standards the education system is dumbing down the expectations placed on the students. When you couple that with burnt out teachers, teachers who aren't qualified and lack of funding it's a recipe for disaster.

    CallMeAngie

    Answer by CallMeAngie at 5:02 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • Stop teaching to test. Get rid of nonperforming teachers. Give teachers the ability, materials, etc to TEACH. Give them the ability to discipline unruly kids and have control in the classroom. STOP cutting funding to education.

    Read the book or watch the movie, "Waiting for Superman" by Davis Guggenheim. It is a real eye opener about just how bad the US education system is, both public and private, inner city and upper class schools. It also give ideas on what can be done to strengthen the education system that has been failing since the 70's.
    tyfry7496

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 10:08 PM on May. 10, 2011

  • The no child left behind act, well when you force 5 year olds to sit in a desk and do work al day, they get burnt out by grade 1 and hate school.
    minimo77

    Answer by minimo77 at 2:07 PM on May. 11, 2011

  • -Most parents dont want to really believe anything is wrong with THEIR SCHOOL.. Their child is "smart" & getting good grades, dont tell them those A's are not genuine!
    -Most parents dont think there is anything they can do. "We have to send our kid to school".
    - A bad business doesnt stay in business long because of the money... Schools are different! They dont just "go away". but usually GET MORE FUNDING! So sometimes these bad school districts are the most richest! Its sick! :(

    Our schools needs to be overhauled. Id love to see a voucher system in place- but will never be approved cuz of the $$ trail! Our kids are $ signs. Take ur kid out of school. and hit it where it hurts - the pocket book.. Until then no change will happen!
    MommaTasha1003

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 12:41 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • With the increase of illegal immigration in our country, this isn't helping our kids any in school. Not enough classrooms, not enough teachers, or teacher aids and all they can talk about it how much education is costing the state. In the past couple of years, they have fired some teacher, mostly aids, and expect our kids to do better in class without enough assistance to help our children learn. Less one on one time for each student, and they wonder why there are kids left behind. This is our future, and all they can talk about is how to save money on education. This is the last place where funds should be cut. Some kids don't even care enough about their grades in order to get into college. This is our future, are you worried as much as I am?
    amessageofhope

    Answer by amessageofhope at 12:53 AM on May. 11, 2011

  • So many things:
    -"No Child Left Behind" which forces schools to teach to the test .
    -Total lack of respect for all teachers(by a lot of parents & their kids), including those who are dedicated & effective.
    -School Boards comprised of politicians instead of informed, concerned parents or citizens who are concerned only with improving education.
    -Teaching to the lower middle. The kids who are at the top are bored, those at the bottom are passed over.
    -a lack of any real involvement by most parents. Love this article from "The Onion". It is satire, but unfortunately true in many cases.
    http://www.theonion.com/articles/increasing-number-of-parents-opting-to-have-childr,17159/
    sweetpotato418

    Answer by sweetpotato418 at 9:27 AM on May. 11, 2011

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