American public schools have been growing progressively worse. According to the U.S. Department of Education national testing, only 35% of American high school seniors are proficient in ... See full summary »
American public schools have been growing progressively worse. According to the U.S. Department of Education national testing, only 35% of American high school seniors are proficient in reading, based on 2006 data. And fewer than one-in-four, 23%, are proficient in math. On the global stage, America ranks last in educational effectiveness among large industrialized countries despite the highest spending per student in the world. It presents a conundrum: How has the richest and most innovative society on earth suddenly lost the ability to teach its children at a level that other modern countries consider "basic"? If the problem is that we're not spending enough on schools, which many people believe, it's instructive to study the U.S. state that spends more than any other per student: New Jersey With spending as high as $483,000 per classroom (confirmed by NJ Education Department records for 2005-06), New Jersey students fare only slightly better than the national average in reading and... Written by
In 2006, 35% of American high school seniors were proficient in reading; math was at 23%. So reveals provocative documentary The Cartel, produced, written, directed by well-known TV gadfly Bob Bowden. The Cartel is a sincere, albeit flawed, look at a broken educational business that places American children last among industrialized countries for educational effectiveness.
The statistics Bowden presents are arresting: Despite spending more than any other state per student, New Jersey prepares barely half of them for college and not surprisingly ranks 37th in average SAT scores in 2006.
Bowden gives little weight to the enormous poverty and crime in cities such as Newark. Bowden gives too little to the successful city public schools that must exist in such a large state.
I realized China and numerous smaller countries are winning the educational race without the weight of unions and selfish bureaucrats. We need to fix the systemfast.
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