Originally Posted by FtRoyalty
The following is something I have been thinking about off and on for a while.
What came first: The failing school or the failing community?
IMO(I am not impartial) the schools are not failing. Compared to other OECD countries we have improved over the last 10 years. We are above average in math and reading and average in science. ESL students and kids who just don't care(I have seen students draw pokemon on standarized tests) skew our scores. American women score the highest in the world and our post-secondary education is #1.
We are definitely failing in certain areas:
1. Racial gaps in school performances.
2. Secondary education needs to be drastically
3. Parent participation.
4. Overemphasizing core academic classes to the detriment of other studies. I am tired of popcorn reading in a sophmore world history class.
5. Dealing with problem students.