Tuesday, May 31, 2005

LOCAL COMMENT: U.S. children left behind

LOCAL COMMENT: U.S. children left behind: "A recently released study on the culture of education, commissioned by Your Child, found that only 31 percent of parents believe their child masters anything in school. Though this might surprise many, it is certainly not surprising to educators.

The truth of the matter is that students don't have the time to master anything because they are too busy learning to take and pass high-stakes tests.

And teachers are hard pressed to do much more than cover the massive amounts of required material in time for the beginning of the yearly testing season.

Indeed, according to education researcher Dr. David Berliner of Arizona State University, 'Learning subject matter in depth is no longer the goal of schools. Future generations are being trained to beat the system as opposed to learning.' "


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