I read this in yesterday’s NY Times:
“…the best of China is now scoring better than anywhere else in the world. America’s 15-year-olds ranked 14th in reading skills, 17th in science and 25th in math, below the average.”
What is happening? We shovel money to the schools and our students perform like this? I couldn’t find any data on China’s spending per pupil in US dollars, but I did see an article that said it is close to the spending levels in Latin America – which I see is less than half of what we spend. Seems they are getting better results than we are.
Our high school here in Batavia recently put up a $70,000,000 addition – for a drama auditorium and new athletic fieldhouse. Maybe that’s the problem – we spend more on drama and sports than we do on reading, math and science. Drama and sports will not make us competitive in the 21st century. We have serious problems facing us and we need serious, smart people to tackle them.