Would you be proud of the results if you were a teacher?

3/09/11 AP: 82 percent of US schools may be labeled failing: An estimated 82 percent of U.S. schools could be labeled as "failing" under the nation's No Child Left Behind Act this year, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Wednesday. The Department of Education estimates the number of schools not meeting targets will skyrocket from 37 to 82 percent in 2011. And: According to "2000 Profile of College Bound Seniors," a report from the College Board, the organization that administers the SAT, 10,280 Michigan high school students from the class of 2000 took the SAT I test. The report presents SAT math and verbal scores and also the students' "intended college major," chosen from 23 categories. The tables below show the math and verbal scores and intended college major for the highest and lowest performing students. Of concern to many educators is the fact that the highest performing students are not choosing education as a field of study in college. Of the 6 percent of students who selected education as a major, their average math score is 35 points below the state average. The average verbal score for education majors is 26 points below the state average. And the results of their mediocrity are obvious, to the whole world: 12/7/07 Washington Post: “The scores from the 2006 Program for International Student Assessment showed that U.S. 15-year-olds trailed their peers from many industrialized countries. The average science score of U.S. students lagged behind those in 16 of 30 countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a Paris-based group that represents the world's richest countries. The U.S. students were further behind in math, trailing counterparts in 23 countries.” 2/22/11 CNS news: Two-thirds of the eighth graders in Wisconsin public schools cannot read proficiently according to the U.S. Department of Education, despite the fact that Wisconsin spends more per pupil in its public schools than any other state in the Midwest.

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If my financial reporting accuracy was anywhere near the graduation rate these teachers have, I would not have a job. In fact, if I wasn't darn near 100% I wouldn't have a job. Of course, I am not in a corrupt union who holds the taxpayers hostage by guaranteeing people who are lousy at their jobs employment, no... More
Answered By: Disco Stu - 3/9/2011
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Public schooling is silly. Kids would learn more by pursuing things they are interested in with a modicum of parental guidance. We don't remember 99 percent of what was told us in 5th grade.
Answered By: Ashley Booth - 3/9/2011
More homework = worse scores
Answered By: T-bag D-bag - 3/9/2011
They failed you. Understanding statistics will help your grasp of things you cannot affect.
Answered By: Slash - 3/9/2011
No. But I would understand that very little of that was under my control. Private schools always get high scores, but they require parents to sign a contract to make sure their student does the work. Public schools don't get that luxury. They don't even get the luxury of having the supplies provided by the district... More
Answered By: mommanuke - 3/9/2011
You can't blame the teachers too much . Their hands along with administrators are tied by decades of decay ( or what ever you want to call it ) in the fabric of American society . And for the Media Influenced Masses it can only get worse
Answered By: ▐▀▐▀α▌ - 3/9/2011
It seems like its always more teachers for less students with boat loads more cash and worse results. Something has to give. This system is too expensive and not working.
Answered By: STEVE S - 3/9/2011
Nope, but to blame it all on the teachers is just wrong. Why are the students and their parents NOT held accountable in your universe?
Answered By: USAF 1983-1987 - 3/9/2011
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