Monday, 17 August 2015
Shameful, for such a technologically advanced country! This is not news: America does pretty badly when it goes up against other countries academically. This is true even if we take it one state at a time—no single state, no matter how wealthy or small, matches the top scoring countries. And yet, the U.S. spends more per student than many other countries in the world. The U.S. is not even in the top 15 countries of the world even though they spend more money than the other countries in almost every category. That is according to an international test of mathematical reasoning skills given to 15-year-olds. So why is U.S. Education so bad? Amanda Ripley decided to find out. She started asking random people what they thought and she followed up on their ideas. The same theories came up over and over: People blamed poverty and diversity for the difference between U.S. students and students everywhere else. But when Ripley dug into the numbers, she discovered that, while those are factors, they don't fully explain the difference. No adult could give her a satisfactory answer, so she went to the experts: kids. Kids spend more time in school than anyone. They've got strong opinions about school. They have opinions on what is working. She talked to the only students who could have firsthand knowledge of the differences between schools in top-performing countries and those in the U.S.: American kids who were exchange students in those countries. She surveyed hundreds of exchange students and found three major points that they all agreed on. The students all said that in their host countries: 1. School is harder. There's less homework but the material is more rigorous. People take education more seriously, from selecting the content to selecting the teachers. 2. Sports are just a hobby. In the U.S., sports are a huge distraction from the business of school, but that's not the case in other countries. 3. Kids believe there's something in it for them. The students in other countries deeply believe that what they are doing in school affects how interesting their lives were going to be. Even if they don't like a class, they see their education as a stepping stone to their future. Story on Upworthy.com We now live in a country where kids are smarter than adults, because it's the adults that try to make school easier! The adults are the driving force behind pushing their kids into sports! And the adults are the ones who give the kids a free ride and push for entitlement!
Sunday, 5 July 2015
With the Department of Education putting the rainbow flag behind their logo on their Facebook page in celebration of the Supreme Court's decision on gay marriage it is pretty clear that children will not be getting an unbiased education! Now is the time to flood the homeschooling movement with hundreds of thousands of new students! This will speak louder than anything else to the voices in Washington who have taken away so many of our freedoms. Here is the testimony of an ex-teacher: "As a former Catholic school teacher, I well remember how public school districts hated parents teaching their own children (and all the stereotypical profiles of parents and how it really took a teacher to really teach). The fact that test scores usually exceed pubic schools has been enough to close most of their diatribes. What many might not know is that this attitude also pervaded diocesan schools, as well. This was particularly noticed when parents refused to send their children Catholic schools because they weren't receiving proper Catholic instruction. I only had to quiz my children when they returned from CCD to know this was true. I never had this problem after I revamped the middle school Religion program where I taught, as my 8th grade students always scored above the national norm in religion (as well as my 7th graders - testing at the beginning of their 8th grade year - scoring at the 10 grade level in math and 11th grade level in science). A new principal and Religion was no longer the first concern of the school, though it should always be. Technology rules the day and religion is so passé. With the advent of the bishops’ submission to Common Core (and the collusion between the National Catholic Education Association and the Bill Gates Foundation), the odds are that education across the board will suffer, both at the public and diocesan levels." WRBaker
Thursday, 14 May 2015
Two of my home school graduates called me today with their semester grades. One in her third semester Nursing Program has a 3.98 GPA, the other has a 3.3 her first year in Grad school. Then I see this from a friend on Facebook: "OK Folks I am chuckling today at a thought. Tomorrow I get to watch my poor deprived home educated son graduate with honors from our local junior college. How odd, I mean let's face it, he was taught at home by a high school drop out of a mother who worked full time nights. Oh and he has already received one offer of a scholarship to another college to continue on to his BA and says its not a school he is really interested in at this time so he will wait and see." Multiply these stories by about a million and you see the value of Home Schooling, where students actually learn academics rather than "social" interaction, sports and parties! Congrats to these and the rest of the deprived ones, all those poor, socially inept home school grads!lol