What do we do about the public schools, which still mis-educate about 85 percent of American children?
There is much that American educators could learn by studying how Finland, South Korea, and Poland were able to achieve their high educational standings.
The successful homeschool phenomenon in the United States does not address the question of how public education can be improved here. The Finnish model cannot be replicated as long as our progressive educators are determined to keep dumbing down America’s teachers. Finland produces the world's smatest kids because they are taught by the smartest teachers on the planet. And the teachers do not use poverty as an excuse for any student not doing well, as U.S. teachers are being led to do.
According to the PISA (Program for international Student Assessment) 2012 test, the smartest kids in the world are Asians: students in Shanghai-China, South Korea, Singapore, Hong-Kong, Taiwan, and Japan.
In order to reverse the severe decline in literacy in this country, the best way to teach children to read is with intensive phonics, expanding the use of language and logic.
Class Dismissed, a new full-length documentary film about homeschooling, was screened in the Boston area on December 1, having already been seen by sold-out audiences in November on the West Coast (L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland). It explores the rapidly growing homeschool movement — its challenges and great successes.
The sight-reading method of teaching reading, which was instituted in the 1930s in American public schools to replace phonics, actually causes dyslexia.
A recent study places the United States fifth among nations that have people with college degrees; we rank 12th in K-12 educational achievement, while once-impoverished South Korea now ranks first.
According to tests, less than half of New York public school students are college ready in the way of English, and less than 18 percent are college ready in mathematics.
Title 1, which is a federal program meant to help poor and minority children succeed in school, has been in place for 50 years, but it still hasn't helped those children.