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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #70)

Wed Dec 4, 2013, 04:04 PM

84. They are dishonest when they denigrate the achievements of American students

They are no different than their counterparts in other countries. But graphs like this suggest they are somehow inferior to students in other countries. Many of these countries test selectively, spend more money on educating their citizens, the parents push harder. etc etc.

And for all the complaining, American students are still earning top scores on SATs, still graduating with honors at competitive universities, still achieving in their fields of study, earning far more PhDs than in the past, a million new college grads per year. But the for-profit corporate raiders have done everything they could to suggest otherwise and only so they can destroy or siphon off the money dedicated to public education.

If we want kids to excel in academics we need to celebrate their achievements like we do with athletes. We need to quit labeling them as failures. Legislators should be forced by law to take the high stakes tests they want students to pass. Let them be removed from public office if they fail to score high enough. Compare their scores to the kids' scores. Anyone wanna bet comparing their scores to the kids would be an eye opener? Easy for adults to act like they would do so much better than the kids. Funny how all the ones clamoring for high stakes testing have not proven they are capable of passing the very tests they promote. I would love to see all the reformers take the tests. Let us put their scores up against the scores of those they berate.

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