US ranks low in International education rankings.
Original post made by Parent on Nov 26, 2012
This worries me and it should concern us all. The fact that the US media is not reporting on this worries me even more.
on Nov 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm
It is shameful. There are countries in Africa that rate higher than we do. There are only four countries in the world besides the US that do not pay for higher education, and all of them, I believe are in sub-Saharan Africa.
There is a great book about the education reforms in Finland that propelled them to the number onbe spot. It is called "Finnish Lessons", by Pasi Sahlberg. The amazing part is that Finnish schools have no homework and plenty of exercise.
on Nov 26, 2012 at 7:37 pm
Let's not go here again. This has been widely reported by US news outlets since the first Reagan administration.
Our top public high schools produce test results on par with top public high schools anywhere in the world.
Our average public high schools produce test results that are not so great. Head over to East San Jose or Fresno and it's pretty scary.
The best predictor of high school scores is family demographics. Highest degree attained and family income.
There's nothing in this, or any other report, that suggests Paly and Gunn need to increase pressure on anyone. Not that the OP was suggesting more academic pressure is a good idea.
on Nov 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm
Well said, Anonymous!
The intention of this thread was to provoke. The original poster should look to help the rest of the country instead of insinuating we have poor education here in Palo Alto.