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Wed Dec 4, 2013, 11:42 AM

46. Did you miss the latest kerfunkle in Texas involving creation science?

 

Ravich might have "destroyed" those studies, but fact remains we do not have the best educational system in the world. We used to. But we no longer do. Part of it lies with blaming teachers, a facile answer. Part of it lies in testing, again not the full answer. Part of it lies in the deep drop in state investment in it starting in Pre-K all the way to post docs. And part of it lies in how much value we place in education as a society. The last one is key.

I say it having a window at two systems by the way. As well as actual personal experience in two national systems. We have a top notch college system, if you can afford it, kind of like medicine, funny that! As to privatizing it, well easy peachy as long as we as a society simply do not think it's that important. Change that core value, by the way it is a core value in the North East, not a coincidence some of our top systems are there, and you will change the world.

The error, one of many, is that the OECD should compare other systems to regions in the US. Go ahead and compare outcomes between oh Mississippi and Rhode Island. It should not be too shocking to find that Rhode Island, which as a core value has valued education since the Colonial period, will do much better than a state that has not.

But to try to say we have a top rated system and dismiss this is to hide your head, firmly mind you, in the sand. Anti intellectualism, a core value of several regions in the US, not just the South, is part of the problem.

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