Here is why our students are failing:
1) Political correctness, “one size fits all” schooling. It undermines the students who want to get ahead and are actually better in some subjects than others, but forces them to be held back in a position of inferiority and underachievement.
2) Bullying. School is now just a holding pen for the juvenile delinquents and future criminals of our society. Students who are chronically harrassed can’t study well and it’s pathetic that students actually have to take karate courses in order to avoid future bullying. Zero tolerance enables the criminal filth to avoid the natural repercussions of their actions.
3) Culture. The US does not celebrate academic achievement the way that Asian cultures do. The US has the nasty habit of celebrating it’s athletes and entertainers, not our students who get good grades and stay out of trouble. We celebrate thugs and pigs.
You nailed it. Very concise analysis.
Add to that systematic rejection of assaults on teachers by students and making schools on occasion 75% baby-sitting functions.
You make excellent points here. To expand on the “delinquents”, classes are often taught down to them as opposed to up to the higher achievers. It is more desirable to have a group of smart students get perfect grades without being challenged than to have poor performing students fail.
And your “one size fits all” statement hits the mark. Many students who excel in one or more subjects yet struggle in others are held back from reaching their potential in the subjects they are talented in because they don’t have the overall grade point averages to get into your better schools and programs.