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The American Education System
Transcript of The American Education System
It is indeed the Educational standards and curriculum of our school systems that put this nation at risk A terrible disorder of economic proportions... Or the conflicting forces in Islamic-Republic countries... And we don't speak of
the secret conspiracy... Rather we speak, of an even greater issue, found within the very confines of our nation. What is this problem?
You might ask... What you are about to see, may shock you... As of today, the average American student rank 32 in Math Proficiency, 17 in reading, and 24 in the sciences Although math performance levels among countries that ranked 23 to 31 aren't significantly different from that of the U. S., 22 countries outperform the U. S. in the number of students reaching math proficiency. In six countries—plus Shanghai and Hong Kong—a majority of students performed at the proficient level, while in the U.S., less than one-third did. For example, 58 percent of Korean students and 56 percent of Finnish students were proficient. Other countries in which a majority-or near majority-of students performed at or above the proficient level include Switzerland, Japan, Canada, and the Netherlands. Many other nations also had math proficiency rates well above that of the U. S., including Germany (45 percent), Australia (44 percent), and France (39 percent). Shanghai topped the list with a 75 percent math proficiency rate, more than two times the 32 percent rate of the United States Do we blame it on our own thoughtless disregard for learning, or do the other advanced countries in this stage have higher inclination towards research, development, and academia? The answer, is BOTH The source of our intellectual Problem? Let's take a closer look What do we fail to do as an American society? What teachers fail to do (except for Mr. Muro, because he is amazing) 1) Maintain authority in the classroom 2) Get a proper education to teach the curriculum they have been assigned 3)Assign a decent flow and amount of work within and outside the classroom 25% of language teachers aren't qualified or have insufficient experience to teach their language Arabic Hebrew Chinese Latin Spanish French German Dutch Celtic In the 90s, Mathematics and the sciences received the highest numbers/statistics for teachers without a degree in secondary schools- U.S totals of 33.1 in math, 56.5 in physics, and 33.1 in life sciences What Students fail to do 1) Turn in assignments 2) Be attentive 3) Lacking motivation 4) Score high on exams 5) STUDY!!! SAT Reading, Math, and Writing Averages High School Drop-Out Rates Every year, an average 3,030,000 high school
students drop-out of school in the U.S. That equals about 8,300 students A DAY 59% of students in the United States successfully graduate high school. Statistics show that 75% of high school drop-outs in the U.S. participate in crimes and end up in prison. What U.S. government fails to do 1) Provide better or higher opportunities
for intellectually gifted students 514 out of 800 in math 496 out of 800 in reading 488 out of 800 in writing According to the ACT, 60% of high school graduates are at risk of struggling in college and their future career. 2) Provide an adequate level and curriculum for k-12 students 3) Provide the best textbooks and teaching materials in public schools 5) Prepare American Students for the future 4) Focus financial resources on education The United States have made steep cuts to education funding since the start of the recession and, in many states, those cuts deepened over the last year. Elementary and high schools are receiving less state funding in the 2012-13 school year than they did last year in 26 states, and in 35 states school funding now stands below 2008 levels — often far below. New School Year Brings More Cuts in State Funding for Schools ■Twenty-six states are providing less funding per student to local school districts in the new school year than they provided a year ago. These funding cuts have been modest, but, in many states, they come on top of severe cuts made in previous years. ■As a result, school funding remains well below pre-recession levels. Thirty-five states are providing less funding per student than they did five years ago -Credits to Phil Oliff, Chris Mai, and Michael Leachman Young, Gifted, and Neglected Every motivated, high-potential young American deserves a similar opportunity. But the majority of very smart kids lack the wherewithal to enroll in rigorous private schools. They depend on public education to prepare them for life. Yet that system is failing to create enough opportunities for hundreds of thousands of these high-potential girls and boys. Public education’s neglect of high-ability students doesn’t just deny individuals opportunities they deserve. It also imperils the country’s future supply of scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs With these numbers and statistics, we as Americans, demand reform, and changes which will lead us to an advanced, and prosperous future We can no longer stand idly by while we let the U.S. government leaders unravel this nation's forefathers and bring us down. The time for change has come! So how can we save America after years of darkness under the umbrella of our current education system? As a start, we can look to other countries' ways of running things for insight. These countries and areas of the world have better educational standards than America in at least one field of studies (Linguistics, Math, Technical Sciences, etc.). Here are Some examples of different approaches that other countries make when assessing their educational standards: The Benefactors and "PROs" of the Chinese Educational System 1) The chinese go to school longer; longer school days, and only one day off a week
2)Students in Chinese schools work harder and have much more opportunity
3)Teachers are given more respect, and are not taxed on their salaries
4) Chinese schools do not segregate students based off proficiency or grades, believing that all their students have the potential to succeed The Benefactors and "PROs" of the Finnish Educational system In 2006 the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) conducted a survey of 15-year-old's academic skills from 57 nations. Finland placed first in science by a whopping 5% margin, second in math (edged out by one point by Chinese Taipei), and third in reading (topped by South Korea). Students in Finland have longer lunch/recess periods, and must exercise after their meals Finnish teachers MUST have a masters degree in order to teach. The Benefactors and "PROs" of the Korean Educational System 1) Children in South Korea are warned of the competitive, stressful burden of their university entrance exams before the even start school, and begin to prepare in MIDDLE SCHOOL 2) Although perfectionism is strongly stressed in Korea, mediocre grades don't stress out the students either way, because pressuring them will lead to ANXIETY 3) Having a social life and hanging out with friends isn't an impossible thing in Korea, however, for most of their time, Korean students get off the media, stop listening to music and STUDY Reading
Sciences So now lets focus on America as an Educational power. The Staircase to Heaven as we would like to call it, is our own personal approach on how this problem could be solved, so that we can look forward to an educated America full of educated entrepreneurs and innovators. All teachers must have at least a graduate's degree in the subject they teach. Teachers will also be strongly encouraged to continue their education and earn a master's degree. This will lower the school's costs for student teachers. To encourage more students
to become teachers we will require all students to take at least 1 quarter of a course focusing on teaching students to teach. To increase student proficiency, the only thing you have to do is STUDY! American students have much more resources and time than other foreign students so, why not use it? A student only has to study 20 minutes a day and they will be smarter over time. By following those 3 easy steps, the U.S. school system will be able to change for the better in no time. You may be asking yourself, "Why do we need to do this?" Well... First of all, this plan is inexpensive The most expensive part of the plan would be to cut back tuition for teachers, but it's still cheaper than a 3 billion plan to bail out a company Second of all, school standards would improve all over the U.S. and we would be able to have as high standards and test scores as Finland and China. Also, since there would be more teachers, the ethnic diversity of teachers will grow and studies show that students learn better with a teacher of the same ethnic background Last of all, why not? Improving school standards has never hurt anybody. A person doesn't even need school to say that being able to read is better than being illiterate. Also, crime would drop if less students dropped out of school reffering back to the previous data. If no one's there to commit the crime is a crime being commited? Conclusion Just follow these steps and America's school system will be much better China Middle East Europe India North Korea South Korea Japan Russia As of 2013, Korea, Finland, and China stand as the three top educationally successful countries in the world in the realms of: Our Goal to improve the quality and quantity of the school system by: How will this plan reach people who will take action? We could send a letter to different members of
the United States Congress and the House of Representatives to see if they will support the idea. After that, the idea could be considered in
the judicial branch and could eventually reach the President and his cabinet! An official website, twitter, facebook and
youtube page could also be created to let regular people about our plan of action. People could also donate money to help the plan move forward as well. We could also take advantage of the many different social medias available Advertisements could also be shown on
TV so then the American people can know all of the specifics of this plan. So lets ascend the staircase, one step at a time! Sack Unqualified teachers Who needs military or diplomacy? We need to focus funds towards EDUCATION Adults need to guide us guide us Advanced Curriculum Elongate the day, and lessen the load Give gifted Students more Opportunities