- Dec 2015
Well, all I know is that America used to be #1 globally in education statistics.
Then, we decided to "improve" our education system.
We now rate in the mid 20's globally in math and hard science statistics.
If all this brilliant reconceived math education is so terrific, why are our children so freaking stupid?!
Tristan, there are several things in play here. First of all, non-educators are making decisions for educators--politicians, state school boards, bureaucratic paper pushers, PhDs researchers, etc.
Secondly, we've got a cycle of the "Let's Try This" quick-fix crowds.....jumping in and out of the newest fads.
Third, parents are no-shows....no shows at home, at school, or in their kids' lives. AND if they do SHOW UP they've got something to bitch about. "Why don't you like my Susie Q?" "Susie says you don't like her." "Susie would never lie."
"Susie didn't mean to throw that tuba at John."
AND lastly but most important, teaching has been taken OUT OF THE hands of the teachers. Teachers are told what to teach, when to teach it, how to teach it, and how to test it....and test it.....and test it. We give pre-tests, post-tests, district tests, state tests, and achievement tests. We start preparing for the tests the first day of school and once those state tests are proctored we might as well close the doors for summer. Did you know that primary school children have limited recess now? YEP. Recess is fluff. YEP. Field trips--NOPE. They are also fluff. Art? Fluff. Music? Fluff. We're talking about 6-7 year olds....because the new "FAD" is: GET RID OF THE FLUFF and work those kids' butts off. Test scores MATTER. There will be NO coloring or playing--nope. LIft that barge and tote that bale....and as you said, IT'S NOT WORKING.