It is a predictable solution for the uniformed . . . raise standards and education will improve. Education a man-made crisis and the solution is to leave more children behind. If your learning isn’t up to snuff, you get “extra help” in No Child Let Behind and this program has led to more “problem” children. In Indiana we are basing teachers effectiveness on test scores to standardized testing. Winners and losers and, of course, more funding.
The US population are collective suckers for wasting away tax dollars.
Standardized testing and raising standards misses the mark and costs billions. Seriously, what to either of these have to do with learning. Children memorize information, but this is not learning. Learning requires discovery and enthusiasm . . . how many kids in today’s schools can’t wait to go back tomorrow? The exciting part is reserved for sporting events, not education. The barriers are standardized tests and standards. Little emphasis on learning, just memorization.
The characteristics of memorizing information does not translate to what we need in the US job market. Critical thinking requires a different type of learning missing from our hand-tied education systems . . . and the children suffer.
Better thinking and methods is required in education, not “raising standards.”