How is Education doing in the US?

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I found this infographic a few days ago and it sadly confirmed my own suspicions and other similar posts I have read. What worries me most of all is that US students don’t understand how far behind they are falling in comparison to the rest of the world.

I had a discussion with my programming class just last week and they were surprised when I told them that in a few years time there wouldn’t be enough programmers to fill programming positions here in America. And that so few students in our State even take the AP Computer Science Exam. In fact in 2013 in 17 States, less than 100 students took the exam and 13 states had a decrease in the number of students taking it!!

And it is not just in the Math and Science fields we are having problems!

This infographic explores the relationship between these trends and the way we educate – with out taking the differences of students’ learning styles into account. Of course, if one homeschools this is easier to deal with – but how do you do it in a classroom setting?

Would love ideas and comments!


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  1. I thought I responded to this long ago! Thanks for the comment Sally. And yes, I agree. A parent’s attitude to and involvement in school has a much largely effect than most people realize.

  2. Sally says:

    There are many factors at play, but I can tell you from experience that a big problem around here is lack of parent involvement and an overall lower priority for school work.

    If homework interferes with sports practices, dance lessons, etc., homework more often than not takes a back seat. Ask a teacher you know if they have issues with students not completing homework even after talking to the parents. There is only so much time in the day and homework is meant to help students better understand what was taught during the day. It is NOT meant to be some sort of punishment or painful chore. In the long run, practicing math, reading, and the like is much more important than the practices that are given higher priority.

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