Our educational system is so low for a number of reasons. Political interference - The government wants to show the public they are doing something about education so they implement mandatory testing every six seconds. Instead, our educational system should be teaching practical applications and critical thinking in the ciriculum. The teachers have no time because of Federal and State mandates to try and engage the kids in any kind of purposeful activities which might spark their curiosity and interest.
The other issue is parental involvement. I will bet that those countries that have higher ratings than us have for lack of a better term mandatory parental involvement. Its a basic principle that the more the parents and kids are involved in the educational process the better the child does.
Another issue (using Germany as an example) is that from 5th grade on the kids are evaluated so that by the time they are ready for the equivelant of high school, the team (parents, kids, and teachers) know where the child is as far as capabilities go. This would require dual track educational pathways for high school kids. Instead of teaching non college bound kids college required courses (as is done here) they get courses (including vocational) which prepare them for the outside world and jobs.
It would also be nice if the core ciriculum were standardized so that what is taught as a core in Cal is the same as in Fla
Lastly, Teachers need to become educators again. There is a difference
"Those who do not learn from history and condemned to relive it".
"There are those who will debate the necessity of wilderness, I will not, either you know it in your bones or you are very very old". Aldo Leopold - Sand County Almanac
Florida, 50% of high schoolers don't read at grade level:
PolitiFact Florida | Half of Florida's high school grads can't read at grade level, says Bill Proctor
Naperville, Illinois -- the highest achievement school district in Illinois -- 29% unprepared for college reading level.
Chicago Public Schools By The Numbers | The Windy City YR
Chicago Public Schools -- 79% of 8th grade students not proficient at reading.
U.S. Department of Education: 79% of Chicago 8th Graders Not Proficient in Reading | CNS News
I could go on listing links all day long.
Thank you, Quazi!
Honestly, it's comical that a political ideology attempts to pull away social spending and education spending, villanizes education as "elitist", and then complains about how poor our schools are.
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If you need a calculator to add 154+225, you've got a major problem. The ceiling has gone up but the floor still remains where it has always been. The problem is that instead of a ladder or stairs we put these kids on an escalator so they reach the top whether they're actually capable of getting there on their own or not.