U.S. Falls In World Education Rankings, Rated 'Average'
The article is short, so I'll speak to the comments...
ninetailedfox: This is what happens when people allow fundamentalist christians to play with education. If we dont want to lose more children, it would be wise to curb them from doing further damage.
Yep. Those darn Christians with their God math and Jesus grammar. You're making our children stupid!
MirageRF: When you find a student who is failing, you usually find a family who is failing. The student is a product of the home long before he comes to school. Show me a healthy, functional family and I'll show you a successful student/teacher relationship.
Generally, this is true. Unfortunately, though, it's too easy for teachers to use this as an excuse to give up on students. I hate to admit it, but I've used this excuse. Because it never brought me success or satisfaction, I finally decided to ignore the theory and change my teaching. I need to reach the students in spite of their families.
kevinw71: America has the highest amount of children living in poverty than any industrialized country. Let's lower that number before we attack our nation's teachers.