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Terrific: America Lags Behind 31 Other Countries in Mathematics

pat1174 Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 9:23 PM
I am in a technical profession. several years ago, I left it to answer the call for math teachers. What i learned is that high schools students can't multiply/divide or use fractions. We don't need better paid math teachers we need better parents. Additionally, to save America we need to increase the achieve gap. Right now the push is to lower the high achievers because low achievers don;t care. The smart motivated kids are being short changed. How many people work for someone who had an IEP versus someone who took AP classes.
coveyrise Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 9:37 PM
American kids are just as capable of learning math as any other nation's kids. The problem is cultural. We have segments of our society where over 70% of the kids are born out of wedlock and raised with no father in the home. We have a significant drug problem where one or both parents are addicts. Education is not a priority in 50% of American homes so no matter how much we spend it won't help.
Jerry1 Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 9:26 PM
NOt sure what an IEP or AP is, but if they don't want to achieve academically, then let them do a vocation, learn to weld, or do some other trade, or give them a ticket to the military, never know where that might lead, go in, get some discipline, then they might go to a school, there, and make a life of it.

There are many avenues, but they need to be inspired, and this is NOT doing it.

Quintus_Cicero Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 9:38 PM
IEP =Individualized Education Plan. IEPS are developed for Special Ed students.

AP = Advanced Placement. They are courses designed to prepare students for the AP College Credit Exam.

I understand that we are more than $16 Trillion in debt and unemployment has been above eight percent for 43 straight months, but education reform is a moral imperative that cannot wait:

We have a crisis in our schools. This is not a new revelation, but it needs to be stated regardless, particularly at the start of another academic year and at a time when America is struggling to compete in the very fields — math, science, technology — that are defining the global economy. Consider that U.S. high school students graduate with just a 32 percent proficiency...