The education system in the United States has improved within the last decade, especially in the grade school division.
Colleges still have plenty of improvements to implement. There are a lot of more sophisticated education systems across the seas. This can pose as an issue for the United States in terms of being a highly competitive market in the world. Plenty of countries are slowly passing us in the race to have the best schools, the best jobs, and the best opportunities.
When it comes to grade school, U.S. students ranked in a very average statistic – compared to Finnish, Canadian, Taiwanese, Estonian, and Japanese students. Apparently, the reading scores for the United States had to be thrown out of the statistics because of a printing error! That cannot be a good sign.
When we aren’t seeing improvements in our children’s scores in terms of improvement of learning skills, it’s a sad thing to see. It’s even sadder if the scores drop. Our mission is to provide the best for our children and we once held that title.
Now our mission is to work together with these other highly-ranking countries and learn from them as well as their education systems. We must integrate the students internationally and create a symbiotic relationship with the schools.
Another interesting note to be made about the education system in the United States and students is that the U.S. had the largest difference between high and low performing students. This means, yes, some students seem to have been ‘left behind’. Finland, however, had the smallest difference in scores. This means education has been evenly distributed to each student and that the students perform well regardless of where they went to school or what teacher they had!
This is all very important to us and our education system. We need to make sure we are applying standards and guidelines that improve our overall scores – especially when it comes to learning from other highly industrialized countries.