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Terrific: America Lags Behind 31 Other Countries in Mathematics

South Side Of Chicago Wrote: Sep 22, 2012 11:15 PM
This recent contract will extend our school day and work hours. This was one of the first things that the union and city agreed to because teachers were fine with the longer day, we just wanted to be paid for it. As it ended up, they extended the day without paying us more because they just put our unpaid lunch earlier in the day, added recess for the kids that teachers don't supervise and used that to extend the time kids are in school.

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...