It boggles my mind to read this:
“It shows we’re not doing as badly as some say,” Mr. Toch said. “We’re in the top half of the table, and a number of states are outperforming the majority of the nations in the study. But our performance in math and science lags behind that of the front-running Asian nations.”
An independent policy director on education is celebrating the fact that America is in the top half of the performance graph of the latest TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study)?
Yay - we’re not in the bottom half! Crack the champagne!
SH sent this cartoon along. We need to be worried about the future of this country.
It’s too bad we don’t see the islamofacistterrorists as technological competitors. Then there might be some chest-beating and investment in math and science. For pride reasons. As it is, we only have to worry about an ignorant population that won’t be able to compete against a growing world of technology-driven prosperity and we’ll only be able to blow them up until our expertise in the sciences is eclipsed.
(If you’re looking for my suggestion regarding solutions to this problem, I want to tell you that you’re not going to find solutions in one blog post. I suggest funding research. I suggest that cutting funding for research for a decade and emphasis on testing students has no positive effect on the situation.)Posted by James at December 6, 2007 11:13 AM
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