scal wrote:Let's see those stats that show that America has the dumbest kids "in the world."
Leading Economists Warn That Education Gap Between the U.S. and Industrialized
Countries Threatens America's Ability to Compete
Experts cite strong link between student achievement and economic growth; New
poll reveals Americans believe the quality of a country's education system has
a big impact on its economic prosperity
WASHINGTON, June 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's failure to keep pace
with the education gains of other industrialized countries is creating a
serious education gap that will impact our economic prosperity, warned some of
the nation's preeminent economists who gathered today at a national policy
forum convened by Strong American Schools' ED in 08 Chairman Roy Romer and
Librarian of Congress Dr. James H. Billington.
The forum, Remaining Competitive in a Flat World, featured economists and
educators who have studied the economic returns of boosting academic
achievement and graduation rates. Researchers presented the latest results of
international assessments showing that American students lag behind the top
tier of industrialized nations. For example, American 15-year-olds score
significantly below average on the Program for International Student
Assessment (PISA). Out of 30 industrialized countries participating in the
2006 assessment, the United States ranked 25th in math and 21st in science.
scal wrote:Giggles, you claimed we were "dumbest in the world." 21st is far from dumbest in the world.
Giggles wrote:scal wrote:Giggles, you claimed we were "dumbest in the world." 21st is far from dumbest in the world.
Not to be taken literally. I don't actually think that American kids are dumber than say Amazonian fisherman kids or Mongolian sheep herding kids. But when you're by far the richest and most powerful country on the planet, 21st is pretty bad.
Giggles wrote:So everyone is fine with American kids being the dumbest in the world then huh? Good to know.
Sure teachers are going to have a problem, but most work another job in the summer anyways. Keep them in school longer, pay them more. Done and done. Any teacher that takes a 2.5 month vacation in the summer doesn't get any sympathy from me.
Kids in the U.S. spend more hours in school (1,146 instructional hours per year) than do kids in the Asian countries that persistently outscore the U.S. on math and science tests â€” Singapore (903), Taiwan (1,050), Japan (1,005) and Hong Kong (1,013). That is despite the fact that Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong have longer school years (190 to 201 days) than does the U.S. (180 days).
scal wrote:It has to do more with teacher education and getting the most out of those kids who are poor students, or who aren't going to be engineers are financial analysts.
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