WASHINGTON — It’s long been known that America’s school kids haven’t measured well compared with international peers. Now, there’s a new twist: Adults don’t either.
In math, reading and problem-solving using technology – all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength – American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.
Usually these comparisons are so flawed as to be junk, but I wonder if what we are seeing is the result of a 100 years of Progressive educational policies, coupled with affirmative action, heavy emphasis on self-esteem over actual learning, automatic grade promotions, and a general dumbing down of the educational curriculum in response to agendas and goals that have nothing to do with education itself.
The article is typical, though, in that the expert recommendations boil down to lots more funding for the same methods that have brought us to this pass.