So far, competition in education, i.e charter schools, has proven to be ineffective. Most, in Ohio, have closed due to fraud and incompetence. As a country, we need to quit teaching to state mandated tests and teach what kids need to know NOW and in the future, not how to pass a test.
We need to let teachers actually teach math, science, reading and other practical studies such as computer science instead of teaching to an outdated, useless state mandated test that is ordered by people with no educational background.
Instead we pour $42,000 per PRISON INMATE into the prison system while only giving our schools $8,500 per child to educate them. The inequity in this is disgusting. A better educated student, not ones who are held to a test, are the ones who will be competitive and creative and move this country forward instead of leading it back into the dark ages of ignorance.
We need to stress reading, maths and the sciences in our schools instead of brushing them off and creating students who don’t read, and can’t think clearly for themselves, let alone add, subtract, multiply, divide and make change in their heads instead of relying on a computer.
At this point in time the United States is no longer first in the world for maths and sciences. We rank 31st in the world in math, 24th in sciences, and 21st in reading. All of this because we teach to state mandated tests and NOT to practicality. We no longer educate, we shove the kids through, throw a test at them and hope for the best. We are creating educated idiots who are being dumbed down so they can be more easily controlled and subdued.
People who don’t know their rights, have trouble understanding what they read, can’t understand simple science and can’t read beyond a 4th grade level……this is a recipe for America’s demise.
We need to be first in the world again like we were in the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. We need to lead the world in science and math not lag behind and let other countries overtake us. We need to create jobs in the scientific world which will, then, create more jobs on other levels. But we need the students of today to be the scientists and mathematicians of tomorrow. And for that we need good, solid grounding in the basics, not tests that teach nothing but crap.