‘Education: the proper cultivation of the gifts and talents of the individual through the acquisition of knowledge. After self-cultivation, education is to teach one how to give proper service to self, family, community, nation and then to the world.’ —Minister Louis Farrakhan
test results released Tuesday.
American teens scored below the international average in math and roughly average in science and reading, compared against dozens of other countries that participated in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which was administered last fall. - U.S. News
'A picture of educational stagnation': study finds US teen students lagging | Education | theguardian.com
Teens from Asian nations dominated a global exam given to 15-year-olds, while US students showed little improvement and failed to reach the top 20 in math, science or reading, according to test results released Tuesday.What You Need to Know About the International Test Scores | Diane Ravitch
American students scored below the international average in math and about average in science and reading.
The U.S. has never been first in the world, nor even near the top, on international tests.The PISA 2012 scores show the failure of 'market based' education reform | Pasi Sahlberg | Comment is free | theguardian.com
Over the past half century, our students have typically scored at or near the median, or even in the bottom quartile.
An appropriate use of PISA data is not to create global league tables that praise or shame countries for their performances in standardized mathematics, reading literacy and science tests. But this is still the most common way to report PISA results. In Finland, media bluntly concluded that Finnish school system has collapsed pointing to country's drop from 6th best in the world in mathematics in 2009 to 12th three years later. Swedish newsagents went even further stating that Sweden's all-time-low PISA scores are a "national disaster" that puts the future of the nation at risk. It was a similar story of concern in Canada. In the US, authorities were concerned about widening learning gap between American and Asian youth and how it is harmful to America's economic competitiveness. Many others seem to draw their conclusions of PISA by a glance at the league tables.Farrakhan: We must create a new educational paradigm
In comments preceding Minister Farrakhan’s, Judge Greg Mathis cited statistics clearly outlining funding disparities and misplaced priorities of the federal government. According to Judge Mathis, since 1980, the federal prison budget has increased by over 300 percent, while the budget for educational spending has barely kept up with the rate of inflation.Death by mis-education