Today's Links: U.S. Education
Newsweek has an interesting commentary comparing the educational systems of Singapore and other Asian countries to the schools and education in the U.S. in "We All Have a Lot to Learn" by Fareed Zakaria. Seems the Singapore schoolchildren test much better in math and science than America's children, but the Americans shine as they reach maturity. As the minister of Education of Singapore says,
"We both have meritocracies....Yours is a talent meritocracy, ours is an exam meritocracy. There are some parts of the intellect that we are not able to test well—like creativity, curiosity, a sense of adventure, ambition. Most of all, America has a culture of learning that challenges conventional wisdom, even if it means challenging authority. These are the areas where Singapore must learn from America."
And they will. Worth reading it all, and then deciding: what am I going to do about this?
Another commentary about the embarrassing state of U.S. education by John Stossel, "Public Schools are Cheating the Children" via Boortz. Makes yet again the very obvious connection between the government's monopoly on public schooling and the poor performance of U.S. schoolchildren on the international standard. Public schools are not only cheating the children and condemning them to a future less than they deserve, but they are also cheating the taxpayers. And a poorly educated citizenry is a vulnerable one. Is anybody listening??
Finally, if you're not already tired of the subject, Thomas Sowell writes on "Education Then and Now" at Townhall.com. Is it still possible today for the poor, bright children to receive a decent education in the U.S. public schools?