Public school test scores & graduation rates are the highest they've ever been in history while dropout rates are the lowest they've ever been in history. Is the public education system broken?
The way it's funded is totally broken!
Many variables. However based on the measurable outcome of USA's falling rank among the international community, USA needs to improve or get passed up.
The school system isn't broken. It still provides the opportunity to get the best education. Its the students that aren't getting to take advantage of the opp. For whatever reasons.
I think people generalize on this too much. There are a lot of great schools and teachers. There are some that suck. We can't use a sweeping brush to describe the whole system.
RJ I completely agree. The author points out that while we're fighting this nebulous "bad public school" enemy, the largest cause of poor performance is childhood poverty - and nearly half of the states have about 50% of their students mired in.
The idea she's putting forward is we're fighting a battle that can't be won bc we continue to ignore the elephant in the room that's directly leading to poor performance.
I doubt the accuracy of your source. Grades have been on a downward spiral for a very long time. and Common Core will make things far worse.
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Is that true? Haha I don't believe it.
The single biggest source of low academic achievement is poverty and the US has the highest level of childhood poverty of any advanced nation. I think we may be focusing our efforts on the wrong issue. What do you think?
Wow. That's a good point. Maybe education is more of a dependent variable than we, or at least I, previously thought. Although, I still think tying half of school funding to property taxes disadvantages poor students.
I agree V. This is one of a very very few instances where I think all the taxes collected should be pooled at state/fed level and then distributed according to need. Check out tonight's Jon Stewart for the interview with the author. Smart cookie.
I completely agree that poverty has a huge impact on learning.