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September 8th, 2008
Achievement
Segment Three from Full Episode
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  • 40 percent of our nation’s high schools don’t offer college prep classes.
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce gives most states a C, D, or F in preparing kids for the workplace.
  • In 1970, the average college graduate earned around 45 percent more than a high school graduate. Today, the gap is 84 percent.

THE QUESTION: ARE SCHOOLS GIVING ALL OF OUR KIDS THE SKILLS THEY NEED TO SUCCEED?

 

  • Lisa F.

    I was surprised to see the range of schools available to our nation’s children and the differences in resources and teaching style each school possessed. As we move forward in the educational system and experimental teaching and learning environments, what are we doing to alter or incorporate results found in the experimental schools back in the traditional schools? It seems as if nothing is happening because of political (and financial!) barriers…

  • Daniel R

    Watched the program last night. I was astounded by the story of the Finnish exchange student who would not receive credit for a year’s worth of studying in an American high school.

  • Lisa J Williams

    I enjoyed this show and was wondering if it will be repeated.

  • Scott S

    The idea of being accountable is not new. Placing the accountability on the schools, administration and teachers seems a bit one sided. What is the consequence to the student that does not pass or the parent of that student? I saw a t-shirt the other day that had the words, “genius by birth-slacker by choice”. The overall attitude of entitlement to everything has had a drastic effect on people in the United States. The chance to get rich quick is always a possibility which is great but if you don’t get rich you have to work. The aspiration of being a pro sports player is in the mind many youth. To earn $25 million a year to have fun, that would definitely be something to look forward to and dream about. “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.”

    When comparisons are done with other countries should it be apples to apples? How many students of different languages does Finland teach in their elementary and secondary schools? I know of a school that has students from over 29 different countries attending. What is the data for turnover in the schools?

    I believe that accountability is good but all that are involved have to be accountable not just the schools. Most schools do not have a choice as to which students they can or cannot teach. Public education is a right and the United States is a melting pot where all can receive an education.

  • Sheri

    If close to half of our schools aren’t teaching college prep classes and the chamber of commerce gives lows grades for preparing students for the workplace, WHAT ARE WE DOING IN OUR SCHOOLS? I could understand doing better with one over the other, but both being low isn’t helping our children become productive in society. Are we focused on extracurricular activities more than learning? Why is there such a gap in our schools?

  • kevin d

    As the video shows, there are many more types of schools available than ever before. I feel that a diversity of school programs is good for education – as long as the goals and results are measured, recorded, and matched against national standards for assessment. Home schooling, charter schools, specialty technology schools all have their strengths, but they should contribute to the overall excellence of U.S. students compared to other countries and U.S. national goals.

  • John

    I would like to state: Japans schools have the bad children removed and are not allowed to attend school. Plus the pressure of shame to the student’s family who would do poorly in school. Also with the other Europen Nation where are the children of the low ability and performance. They are some where else. With the NCLB act it was geared to get ride of low in come school districts and to move those students out to religous schools. This was George BUSH Idea! No it was in the Johnson era, but Little George thought it would work on his watch. Yes it was a joint effort with the Democrates, but the Money went to the IRAQ War! It is no longer needed to help the childrens education!

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