Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Published: March 24, 2010
The nation’s school children made little or no progress in reading proficiency in recent years, according to the largest nationwide reading test. Why math scores have improved faster is much-debated.
Copyright 2010 The New York Times Company

Why is this? Well an excerpt from the article makes the most obvious point ... “We’re not asking them to read nearly enough, and we’re especially not asking them to read enough complex materials,” Ms. Pimentel said.

One of the failures of education today is that we're not teaching students to think and appreciate learning as a way of life. Students are evaluated by taking tests, and so their education centers around how to succeed in taking tests. NOT FAIR. Learning must be centered around critical thinking skills and problem solving in an experiential environment.

Adult life is not measured by bubbling in A B C or D but by being able to think out of the box and coming up with creative ways to solve a problem.

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