Another bad report card for U.S. education. This one shows Shanghai, Finland, and Canada leading the way. The United States comes in 15th in reading, 23rd in science, and 31st in math. Comparing a city in China with the entire U.S.A. … and its large and diverse population … is curious to me. Are we comparing education apples and oranges here?
But a couple of common sense things can be learned from the higher-achieving nations. They have a national, standardized curriculum. U-S-A TODAY reports: “Students are taught the same subjects, in the same order, using the same course materials. That allows teachers and students to build on knowledge gained in earlier grades”.
The other outstanding factor is excellent teachers. We should hire and retain the best teachers at the best possible pay.
Remember: in the U.S. we are required to educate all children. That is a huge challenge in such a diverse ethnic and economic culture. Also, consider that our schools are run by thousands of local school boards and districts. Better education is a national goal … pursued at a local level.
Our thought for today is from Malcolm Forbes:
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.”