Are America’s Schools Failing?
It seems as though the media has latched on to the meme of America’s failing public education system. Yes, we are lagging in many indicator; however, the glaring truth is that failing schools are much more likely to exist in poor communities. Maybe America can learn a lesson from some of our European friends. In Finland, schools do not compete with each other for funding nor is funding based on whether or not cohorts of children can pass standardized tests. In Finland, poor schools are not penalized with less money for not achieving for making adequate yearly progress. Finally, in Finland, the only public institution that is trusted more than the public schools is the police.