Thursday, September 07, 2006

Education, School Affordability, Money & Grades

The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education in San Jose, Ca. just published it's biennial " School Affordability" index. It showed there are now 43 states, up from 36 two years ago , that received " F's". That score means that to support 1 student in higher education it will take over 30% of total family income. Consequently less students are going into higher education or have the resources to stay in school. Patrick Callan is president of the non-profit. He said, " Perhaps for the first time in our [ America's ] history, the next generation will be less educated."

This dismal prediction is despite America's spending more on education than any other nation. Also U.S. students test scores have continually lost ground to other industrialised nations . So not only do we as a nation spend more on education than anyone else but our students get less from their school experience. One fact is certain. Large amounts of money spent on education does not mean better education or higher test scores. So what's the problem?

America has the most ethnically diverse school system in the world. But across all student nationalities the U.S. school system has less than a satisfactory effect on their education . I suspect here is the problem. Our school system is a chaos of different cultures, languages and values. Consequently education can literally get lost in translation.

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