The headlines proclaim
frightening news about American education. It has been failing for decades and
is getting worse; American students are among the dumbest in the world, ranking
below most industrialized nations, including Estonia and Slovenia:
How America Is Falling Behind
"In the second half of the twentieth century...This tremendous stock of highly educated human capital enabled the U.S. to become the dominant economy in the world. But that lead has shrunk significantly over the past decade."
American Schools vs. the World: Expensive, Unequal, Bad at Math
"...the U.S. scores below average in math and ranks 17th among the 34 OECD [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] countries. It scores close to the OECD average in science and reading and ranks 21st in science and 17th in reading."
Why the World Is Smarter Than Us
"...something cultural, something nearly intangible--is holding back our school system... Academically, American schools are too easy, with surveys of students showing pervasive boredom and low expectations. Our curriculum needs a booster shot, and not just in reading and math, the two subjects covered by the new Common Core national standards, but in every area, including technical and career education."
U.S. Students Still Lag Behind Foreign Peers