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In elementary school our children compare well internationally; by high school they have plummeted to the bottom of the international league. We spend more money overall on education than any other country but we get the least bang for our buck.
Where the report is particularly useful is in quantifying the economic cost of our national failure to educate our children to world standards. The gain would likely have been even bigger had the gap between the lowest achieving states and the rest been narrowed to a similar degree.
K education is principally a state responsibility and the states have failed dismally. Even President and former governor George W. Bush recognized it with what was probably his most useful legislative accomplishment: To his credit Bush took the improvement of US education seriously enough that he was willing to push the federal government more deeply and intrusively into the issue than ever before.
Regrettably, too many of the darts he fired at state backsides to prod them into doing better have missed their mark. For example, insisting on annual testing from third grade on has turned out to be overkill, taking up too much of the time of teachers who have a lot to do during the shortest school year in the industrialized world.
A laudable requirement aimed at raising the proficiency of math and other teachers has been largely circumvented by many states. This was highlighted in a recent Time Magazine article by Walter Isaacson advocating national educational standards for US children.
Not all is bleak since not all states are led by boneheaded governors like Haley Barbour in Mississippi, or Terry Sanford in South Carolina who famously tried to refuse federal stimulus dollars for education, preferring to use it instead if he really absolutely had to take it to pay down state debt.
If the top five American states were tested separately they would do well when stacked against their international peers. The problem is there are fifty states not five and the worst performing ones are dragging the nation down. And even in the better ones there is much room to improve.
The fact is if all US children performed at the level of those in Massachusetts we would have much less to complain about.
Why not adapt MCAS for the nation as a whole or at least use it as the basis for a national examination? We also need to improve the funding mechanism for education in this country. As most states grapple with the current deep recession, education is being cut almost everywhere. How is this going to improve our ability to educate our children or to compete economically in the future?
Can we not get our priorities straight and assure education funding regardless of the economic ups and downs? Why is our spending not cost effective? Maybe we spend too much money on things like school transportation when we have parents and public transport which should carry the load.
How about states pooling their bureaucratic resources instead of clinging to their very expensive independence? The school year is too short.
It needs to be increased to at least days a year from Yes, both suggestions will take money — see the paragraph above. I would answer with a question: How can we afford not to?Nov 04, · American students from families with the least educational resources, as it turned out, scored better on the PISA math test than similar children in France and about the same as Britons, Germans and Irish.
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