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Terrific: America Lags Behind 31 Other Countries in Mathematics

Riverson Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 8:00 PM
Sounds like you are teaching about 50 years too late. Back then you could and would fail a student if the grades warranted it. You could make students stay after school if necessary for extra help. You could insist on the completion of homework (or fail the student). You could send unruly kids to the principal (as one who knows), or more than likely you would handle the discipline yourself during or after class. Your hands were far from tied. Teachers didn't make too much then, but they were among the most respected members of the community...and well deserving that respect. Then came the late 60's along with pony-tailed professors who found the left quite attractive. Been downhill ever since, and we are picking up speed.

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...