Thursday, March 11, 2010

Problems and Solutions?

Yesterday's Headline:
Brian Williams on the NBC Nightly News stated that 40 years ago the United States had the highest graduation rate in the world. By 2006 we were 18th out of 24 industrialized countries. Our 15 year olds rank in the bottom third of the developed world in math and science. Of the students who do go to college, half need remedial courses in math or English.

Today's Headlines:
Kansas City: Going from 61 schools to 33 to avoid bankruptcy
Schools are closing, teachers are cut, programs are ended, taxes are raised.

Is it just me or does something not make sense here? At a time when students are scoring low and graduation rates are dropping, communities are having to close schools and cut teachers and programs. This doesn't exactly seem like a solution to the problem.

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