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When It Comes to Public Schooling, US Gets a Failing Grade


When It Comes to Public Schooling, US Gets a Failing Grade

Nadia Prupis, staff writer

When it comes to supporting public education and investing in opportunities for students in K-12 schools, most of the U.S. gets a failing grade.

The Network for Public Education (NPE), a reform group co-founded by education advocate Diane Ravitch, on Tuesday issued its annual "state report card," analyzing states on six criteria: resistance to privatization, the professionalization of teaching, school finance, allocation of taxpayer resources, reliance on high-stakes testing, and the chance for academic success.


If there were only public school all the money and parental support would be there in the classrooms.


and this is news? rhetorical question. this is deliberate. have we not yet realized that the US is slated to slide into a third world abyss? over half of the discretionary budget goes to military/war while funding for infrastructure and social services and such shrink. the US is not immune, but many of us think we are.
how does that saying go again? "First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me."
Same song, different dance--or country, rather.


We're a long, long, long way from this:


I wonder what high school senior today could go thru this test and pass.


It interesting that the USA spends more per capita on education than many of the Countries that are well ahead of them in those PISA scores.

Part of this of course is the privatized nature of the system in compartive terms, the extra emphasis US High Schools and Colleges place on Sports over education and much more in the way of dollars spend on "security". There also in my opinion a deliberate attempt to "break the system" so as to allow yet more privatization to go on.


This a very interesting chart showing spending per capita in many countries around the world versus outcomes.


We don't need no stinkin edumacation; we is number 1! USA! USA!


Education in the US is appalling. That is largely because there is this ridiculous idea that al children have to learn the same stuff and be held to the same standards.

There is so much information to be passed on that, arguably, every child should be learning something that no one else is learning. Get rid of textbooks. Give every child an ILP and encourage independent learning.


The United States has already slipped into a third-world abyss--years ago. People either fail to realize it, they refuse to face it, or they just passively accept it.

Our public schools, which, with few exceptions, have never been great anyhow, have gotten worse, and nothing, including disastrous mandatory school busing edicts that all too often served to exacerbate already-existing racial/ethnic tensions and hostilities in many areas, has really improved our public schools at large.


One reason many, and not just Fundamentalists are considering home schooling.


Well that's how it should be. Private schools could still exist but would have to be 100% funded by the parents who wanted to enroll their children in those schools.

Using public, tax payer money for private schools and for private prisons is not only wrong, it is totally immoral.


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You kinda have a point and my guess is that's probably where the downhill started. We get to today's high school graduates that can't spell, do math and have no idea of geography. I have sat besides high school graduates inside of 12,000lbs of metal going 400mph and they couldn't add/subtract 3 digit numbers or multiply by 5 their head. Pretty scary.

Here's a good example. My wife had to take algebra 101 as a prerequisite in college. Was all stressed out cuz she doesn't like algebra. Turns out they were doing the quadratic equation and some function graphs. She did that grade 9. Needless to say she breezed thru that class. Most puzzling thing was, somehow she was taught to determine min/max of some functions without the concept of a derivative.


Class warfare begins in private schools.