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FEDEWA: American schools are failing!
WashingtonTimes.com ^ | June 1, 2014 | Lawrence J. Fedewa

Posted on 06/02/2014 3:34:44 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012

According to the latest international rating of education in 65 countries, American public schools are in a free fall. The overall rank of the U.S. is 29th in the world — behind the Slovak Republic, Russia, and Vietnam. Asia dominates the top 10. Shanghai, China, is the international leader, followed by Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, South Korea and Macao. Including Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, four of the top six are Chinese.

These are some of the results of the educational research division of the Organization of European Cooperation and Development (OECD) called the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which issues its report every three years. The test population is 15-year-old students who are tested on their critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities in mathematics, science and reading. The OECD has found that student achievement is the best indicator of a nation’s future economic health. By that measure, the United States is on a downward economic trend in the near future. Looking at the American economy of the past few years, some observers believe that this trend is already in evidence.

Another measure of educational success is the dropout rate for high schools. According to the Center for Educational Statistics (U.S. Department of Education), 1.2 million students drop out of high school every year. That is an average of 7,000 students every day, 25 percent of the entire population. Most of these students were in the PISA test range since most states’ truancy laws apply only until the age of 16. They surely did not help the U.S. averages.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: education; learning; teaching

1 posted on 06/02/2014 3:34:44 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
According to the latest international rating of education in 65 countries, American public schools are in a free fall.

Gee, what a surprise:

In 2010, Barack Obama called for fixing the public education system by giving us the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and “Race to the Top,”

which he said would fix the education system already fixed by the 2001 GW Bush and Ted Kennedy legislation called “No Child Left Behind,”

which was supposed to fix a system supposedly already fixed by a 1994 piece of federal legislation called “Goals 2000,”

which was supposed to fix a system already fixed by “America 2000,”

which was a 1991 response during the Bush administration to a 1983 federal report on education called “A Nation at Risk,

which was published a full four years after Jimmy Carter first fixed the nation’s public school system by establishing a cabinet-level Department of Education in 1979.

2 posted on 06/02/2014 3:53:08 AM PDT by Maceman
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To: ilovesarah2012

The test population is 15-year-old students who are tested on their critical thinking and problem-solving capabilities in mathematics, science and reading.

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We’re well on our way to promulgating a population of “low info” everything. This is what happens when ‘education’ has become indoctrination and the heavy hand of big government and unions are shaping what the kids get at school, even intruding down to the level of their food amount/choices, which is ridiculous. The only upside I see is that kids who are home schooled do exceptionally well and and their numbers are growing as public education is failing. Perhaps they will end up flourishing, excelling, and eventually “in charge” at which point the morals, values and ethics they’ve been taught by their parents, along with their critical thinking skills and common sense, might do some good in trying to turn the country around.


3 posted on 06/02/2014 3:58:14 AM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: Maceman
The whole debacle makes much more sense once you realize that "education" in the U.S. is an industry, and that employing large numbers of people with very generous compensation packages is far more important than actually educating students.
4 posted on 06/02/2014 3:58:36 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: ilovesarah2012
It's by design.
Every time the feds launches a new program it gets worse.

5 posted on 06/02/2014 3:58:39 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: Qiviut

If you have ever watched Watters’ World interviews, you know America is in trouble. I think a lot of African countries have better educated students than America.


6 posted on 06/02/2014 4:00:16 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

American public schools ARE abysmal, but PISA comparisons are very misleading.

This is the only country that places (essentially) all 15 year olds in an academic track school.

If you compared white and East Asian honors track students with these other countries (which is the proper comparator group) we would score much higher.


7 posted on 06/02/2014 4:02:16 AM PDT by Jim Noble (When strong, avoid them. Attack their weaknesses. Emerge to their surprise.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

They’d rather belong to their chosen gangs than stay in school. But the government will reward the good students by taking money out of their paychecks to support the numerous offspring of the irresponsible drop outs. Drop outs vote Democrat. Some reward.


8 posted on 06/02/2014 4:04:31 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: ilovesarah2012

I have watched it, but don’t any more because it is SO uncomfortable, even painful, to see how stupid and truly “uneducated” people are. People laugh at the segment, but it’s gotten beyond “funny” when ignorant, uninformed people like that are responsible for the disaster that is in the WH and will likely think the “first female president” is a great idea as well.


9 posted on 06/02/2014 4:05:43 AM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
FEDEWA: American schools are failing!

Of course they are. Education and a keen awareness of history are essential to freedom where ignorance is the abyss of slavery and essential to the socialist democrat party.

10 posted on 06/02/2014 4:10:09 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Jim Noble

More kids are going to college than ever. Many have to take remedial classes. The fact that colleges/universities even have remedial classes says it all.


11 posted on 06/02/2014 4:13:00 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012
For one thing, the liberal-mandated bowing down to the student and not doing anything to "upset" them--like enforcing discipline in the classroom--has produced students with the attitude "kiss my @___" to their teachers. They have often told me, "I don't want to do the assignment" and then proceed merrily to continue texting or sleeping or reading a novel. If you try to enforce discipline in the classroom, your wonderful students will simply fabricate a story that you touched them inappropriately, said something sexual or racial to them, etc. in an attempt to get you fired. There are even Youtube videos by students for other students "How to Get Your Teacher Fired". Students are always believed over teachers.

The intense pressure from above to pass students who absolutely do not deserve to pass also enforces the correct perception that they really DON'T have to do much in the way of work to get a passing grade.

The CAPITULATION to laziness and "inevitable failure" results in the extreme lowering of the bar and dumbing down of courses.

Failing schools? Failing students? No mystery there.

12 posted on 06/02/2014 4:13:48 AM PDT by EinNYC
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To: EinNYC

I am friends with a retired teacher. She has told me about being told by the principal to pass a student who should have failed. Schools are a big joke.


13 posted on 06/02/2014 4:16:46 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Maceman

Excellent historical summary for recent/modern events in education. ESEA dates to the 1960s in my memory and probably has predecessors that set the stage, especially as the space race began in 1957. This arena was probably the first use of “you must federalize in order to professionalize” argument that shows that position to be hollow and without merit.


14 posted on 06/02/2014 4:17:37 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

See my previous comment about the “education industry.” A person who arrives in college as an 18 year-old and needs extensive remedial classes is a college’s ideal student.


15 posted on 06/02/2014 4:18:12 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: ilovesarah2012

Will illegal immigrants remedy this problem? /s


16 posted on 06/02/2014 4:19:05 AM PDT by monocle (ain)
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To: ilovesarah2012
I couldn't disagree more. Government schools were set up to educate/indoctrinate students to the point where they can barely hold down a job and pay taxes but not to the point where they become a threat to the ruling class.

Government schools have been an amazing success because they have achieved EXACTLY what they were set up to do.

17 posted on 06/02/2014 4:26:05 AM PDT by nonliberal (Sent from a payphone in a whorehouse in Mexico.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
"A Nation at Risk: The Imperative of Educational Reform" circa April 1983.

The decline continues apace.

Nothing new here, move along.

Consider today's Common Core as a repeat of the New Math from the 1960s.

18 posted on 06/02/2014 4:27:11 AM PDT by jamaksin
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To: Alberta's Child

As I prepare to go teach Math to high-schoolers that don’t know what 3 time 6 equals without electronic aids, I thought I would drop a note congratulating you on your perfect understanding of the problems we face - they are me and my ilk.


19 posted on 06/02/2014 4:33:31 AM PDT by Aevery_Freeman (Historians will refer to this administration as "The Half-Black Plague.")
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Thanks for reinforcing my point. Behind every electronic aid is a business and industry that has lobbied government heavily for the privilege of selling millions of dollars of electronic equipment to school districts ... for kids who can’t even do simple multiplication.


20 posted on 06/02/2014 4:52:45 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin' on here?")
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To: ilovesarah2012

If you removed the test scores of black and hispanic “students” then American schools would be in the top ten.


21 posted on 06/02/2014 5:05:28 AM PDT by Count of Monte Fisto (The foundation of modern society is the denial of reality.)
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To: Count of Monte Fisto

And if you removed blacks and Hispanics from crime stats, America would be a very safe country.


22 posted on 06/02/2014 5:13:11 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

American schools began their downward spiral with the advent of the US Department of Education. The record is clear.


23 posted on 06/02/2014 5:13:18 AM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: elpadre

Yep. Everything the federal government gets involved in turns to crap.


24 posted on 06/02/2014 5:15:56 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Qiviut

I cringe when I see young adults write in block letters while holding a pen like a monkey holds a banana. They can’t read cursive never mind write it. When I was in Grammar school we had a penmanship lesson at least once a week for only an hour but in that short amount of time everyone learned the basics of writing and improved over the school year. Now that hour of time is used to indoctrinate them into being good little Naz Democrats. We really are in deep DOO DOO.


25 posted on 06/02/2014 5:16:34 AM PDT by ABN 505 (-)
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To: Caipirabob

Of course, if you accept the lie that their goal is actual education, then you could say they’re failing.

But, really, American public schools are NOT failing.

They are achieving their true intended goal.

And, we need to stop arguing with liberals on the surface, feel good, good intention “goals” that they profess,

and start accusing them using historical outcomes, of intended to achieve just those “failed” outcomes.


26 posted on 06/02/2014 5:19:17 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: ilovesarah2012

This is news?


27 posted on 06/02/2014 5:19:41 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: ABN 505

Your post reminds me of the South Park episode where the kids begin 4th grade. Cartman, upon seeing the alphabet in cursive writing, asks “What are those strange symbols?”

Degrees in Education and Journalism are among the most useless considering the absolute failure of their graduates.


28 posted on 06/02/2014 5:22:17 AM PDT by newfreep
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To: BitWielder1
every time the fed launches a new program it gets worse

The answer would be to go back to neighborhood schools and hold their communities accountable. When a neighborhood school is closed, it closes the auditorium for meetings, the playground, the place where parents got to know each other. It was a place parents could get to in a few minutes if their children misbehaved. In many cases, that school was the community. Student shows, sports teams, science fairs, end-of-year play days gave the community focus and pride.

Beautiful old schools with large rooms, good size playgrounds and lawns, large windows and better ventilation have been torn down and replaced with new prison-like schools.

The sad irony is the education gods don't have a clue....unless this is intentional. A lot of those closed schools did a real good job, in that they uplifted many students above the educational and income levels of their parents.

29 posted on 06/02/2014 5:27:33 AM PDT by grania
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To: ilovesarah2012

If you break out the results by racial and ethnic groups (a fairer comparison) the United States does quite well: White students in the US do well compared to students in White countries (or White students in other countries, as there are few entirely White countries left); Asian students in the US do well compared to students in Asian countries; Mexican students in the US do well compared to Mexicans at home; African Americans in the US do well compared to Africans in Africa.

What we have is more of a diversity problem than an education problem.


30 posted on 06/02/2014 5:27:46 AM PDT by evilC
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To: Aevery_Freeman; Alberta's Child
Our government single-payer schools function because several million teachers and school functionaries agree to go to work every day to support a system that is literally destroying our nation and the future of the children who are under police threat to attend.

Harsh? I don't think so. Abortion clinics operate the same way. They remain open because willing workers agree to evil.

One more thing:

No government school is religiously neutral ( not even math). Such a state of religious, cultural, and political neutrality can not exist in the mind of any sentient being. Children in our nation's godless single-payer schools **will** learn to think and reason godlessly. They must just to cooperate in the godless classroom, work with the godless texts, and do the godless homework.

Children also risk learning to be comfortable with socialism. Gee! If the voting mob can give them tuition-free schooling, why not use that power to get **lots** of free stuff.

THIS is what teachers agree to support every time they open a classroom door.

31 posted on 06/02/2014 5:32:53 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: ilovesarah2012
re: being told by the principal to pass a student who should've failed

I have nothing but contempt for teachers who didn't refuse. Teachers are supposed to be professionals. Sometimes that means putting the job on the line.

How'd I get around it? Arranging free tutoring during or after the school day for a failing student. If they showed up, I'm good enough at teaching math so they'd pass. If they didn't it, covered my *ss.

32 posted on 06/02/2014 5:35:01 AM PDT by grania
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To: ABN 505

I’ve been reading up on our Founding Fathers and when you see what they were reading as “kids” ... the intellectual books, the way they wrote .... unbelievable. No wonder they were the “giants” that they were back then. Just a “wild”, off the cuff statement ..... I suspect many folks in this country don’t have the reading skills/comprehension to read/understand the Bible, even a version that is not King James.


33 posted on 06/02/2014 5:49:46 AM PDT by Qiviut (Obama: A Caesar at home & a Chamberlain abroad, dividing the country & uniting the world against us.)
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To: grania

I didn’t need to see this article to tell me that our schools are failing. Time for a major overhaul.

The “teachers” are no more than a “brainwashed” product of the colleges and liberal professors. We need to start there first.


34 posted on 06/02/2014 5:51:24 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: grania

I didn’t need to see this article to tell me that our schools are failing. Time for a major overhaul.

The “teachers” are no more than a “brainwashed” product of the colleges and liberal professors. We need to start there first.


35 posted on 06/02/2014 5:51:24 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: ilovesarah2012

The public schools are the greatest achievement of American Socialism; it is successful beyond the dreams of its founders.


36 posted on 06/02/2014 5:56:46 AM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: DaveA37

The first place to start is to rescue the children from this godless and evil system of single-payer Marxofascist indoctrination.

There are whole counties and even entire states where, if parents simply removed their children, the entire EVIL single-payer system of godless and Marxist indoctrination would immediately collapse.


37 posted on 06/02/2014 5:58:27 AM PDT by wintertime
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To: Qiviut

I had an interesting conversation with one of my neighbors who is a gym teacher for the district. She also is a personal trainer on the side. Home schooling parents hire her for their children. She said the home schooled kids are very well educated and worldly, meaning that they know what is going on in the world as far as currents events are concerned. She said that they are different from her public school students.


38 posted on 06/02/2014 6:01:45 AM PDT by goldi
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To: All

It’s time to eliminate the Dept. of Education entirely, no more federal mandates, and let local communities develop their own curriculum and methods.

If we went back to the curriculum of the 1950’s, we’d be right back up there near the top of the list.


39 posted on 06/02/2014 6:45:24 AM PDT by Gunpowder green
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To: ilovesarah2012

Someone once posted an article which delved deeper into America’s PISA data. Long story short, except for one racial subgroup, America’s PISA scores are near the top internationally. It is one racial subgroup who’s PISA scores are going from bad to worse, and dragging down the country’s average.


40 posted on 06/02/2014 7:05:13 AM PDT by Monitor ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false-front for the urge to rule it." - H. L. Mencken)
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