What Is Wrong With America’s Education System?
The result of the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) shows that teens from Asian nations are dominating in reading, math and science. The test was issued to half a million 15-year-old students from 65 nations.
China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan and South Korea were the top scoring nations. Even Vietnam had a higher average score in math and science than the United States despite participating for the very first time. The United States is 24th in reading, 36th in math and 28th in science. Surpassing the U.S., Ireland and Poland have shown improvements.
Former CEO of Intel Corporation, Craig R. Barrett, said the United States lack great teachers, high expectations and a degree of accountability that can be found in high performing education systems around the world. Founder and CEO of Basis, Michael Block, agree with what Barrett said. Block added that the U.S. is pouring in resources to find great teachers and ensure that the curriculum is rigorous and matches those of the high performing education systems of other nations.
Richard Fowler argued that not enough resources are being used and teachers are not being treasured or paid enough. He believes teacher should be paid CEO salaries. Former high school academic dean, Jedediah Bila, disagrees with what Fowler had to say. She said that it’s the system of rewarding teachers is what need to change. Bila argues that teachers don’t have the incentive to teach well when good teachers and bad teachers are currently being rewarded the same.
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