Critique Essay

999 Words Feb 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
America is known for its ability to be innovative and for its educational value. Some may argue that America has lost its competitive edge when it comes to education and innovation. Some may say that the Chinese are now the leaders in innovation and education. The Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, collects test results from 65 countries for its rankings, which come out every three years. The latest results, from 2012, show that U.S. students ranked below average in math among the world's most-developed countries. They were close to average in science and reading (NPR, 2013). According to (Zakaria, 2011) in the 1970s, “California public schools were the envy of the world”. Currently, California public schools …show more content…
The current No Child Left behind (NCLB) act doesn’t do enough to provide students a better quality education. The NCLB only shows that our students are behind in mathematics and reading. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, “only 11 percent of African American eighth graders and 15 percent of Hispanics eight graders were proficient in mathematics” (Peterson, Henderson, West, 2014). In addition “United States students as a whole trailed their peers in top scoring countries aboard by wide margins” (Peterson, Henderson, West, 2014). Those numbers are by far the worst numbers when compared to China, and South Korea public schools. With the collapse of American education the median wages of American workers have not increased. Having a good educational background ensures job security and a great living. According to Zakaria, “the unemployment rate for college graduates is just 4%, but for high school dropouts it is 14%” (Zakaria, 2011). Students that drop out of high school have a higher chance of struggling and being living a depressed lifestyle. In 2006, National Education Association forecasted a 70% drop-out for High school students in the United States (Congress Daily, 2006). The reported drop-out rate was for minority students primarily African Americans and Hispanic males in poor performing school districts. “In 2006, the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center projected

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