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But elementary teachers are the most important of all in many ways, no?
And guess what, Finland scored the top PISA student skills at the age of 15 scores for many years in a row in the world, above Asia. Now they have Shanghai in the PISA which is cheating because it hardly represents the whole of China, it would be like testing the richest city of any country with huge income differences.
There is nothing that would make schools better, in general, if you privatize them. No, it is about how well paid they are, how well treated and how well trained including who gets in. I was a bit of a pain in the ass at high school but it was me who got me out of the rut, not any particular teacher; they all seemed pretty dis-interested and just wanted to get the day over with.
I think that the low degree of income inequality in countries such as Finland makes privatizing schools a much more effective option than it would be in many other countries. April Brown This data would have been vastly comforting for me back in elementary school when I was being tormented by various knuckledragging bullies who got to torture me once a day in the name of teaching me physical fitness.
And you guys score lower than Koreans and Asians residing in the United States. And indeed, as bad as phys-ed teachers seem to do on the SAT, they do score slightly better on the math section. The really dangerous thing, however, is that a lot of schools double up gym and health class.
I know that in my own, upper-middle class school district in Connecticut, they got rid of standalone health when I entered high school, leaving it up to the gym teachers to work it in during one quarter — something that did not fit their skills at all, and really should have been taught by a biology teacher if anyone.
I agree with Neuroskeptic though that the elementary school statistics are the frightening part, but in general not unexpected. I would be interested to see middle school broken out as well. My perception is that jobs in middle school are considered undesirable, for obvious reasons classrooms are the most out of control, teaching is less fun than high school.
However, since the skills are theoretically the same as high school, teachers try to bid into high school positions ASAP. My own personal opinion remains middle school is such a waste of student time it would be better to have a few year hiatus from school entirely during that period.
Can we do that? The other graphs all seem to compare to other people in the same year. I live in Chicago and know a few public school elementary and special ed teachers. Almost every one of them I think is incredibly dumb, to the point where I fear for our future.
But these graphs may explain some of it. Teachers in schools known for being pretty bad, who also are in elementary or special ed. I wonder what effect that has on students. Blaming winners as cheaters is quite common for losers in sports or other competitions.
Your own argument can be used against your own point. How about shanghai form its own country? Actually a shanghai celebrity recently claimed such idea to be shanghainese different from the rest Chinese, sounding like seeking independence from China.
But people from small countries all tend to have strong ethnic pride, which is defended with passion. There is nothing particularly wrong with American education. We just have a higher percentage of dumb kids than Finland or China.
Cathy My husband is an education prof, with the earlier gatekeeper classes i. This seems about right. There is a certain mindset to the predominately white, predominately female early childhood education major — she LOVES children, she wants to be a teacher because she wants to make a difference in the world, and she was never really that interested in any one specific subject as a student herself.
The former two are probably the best requirements for any elementary school teacher, but the latter is probably the explanation for the low SAT scores in math and verbal.
Larry, San Francisco I have been reading about scripted learning which seems to be reasonably successful for kids on the left hand of the bell curve here is one reference I found: I know teachers hate it since it is really boring to teach and not very creative.
However, I wonder if this program could be successful with lower IQ teachers who would appreciate the guidance.
How prevalent were SAT prep classes back in the nineties or among Asian bound college students? Fran Rush Which is why I joined Mensa…. Some of the most brilliant people I know are in this wonderful field. Secondly, many physical education teachers do not specifically teach sport skills, but life lessons and how to care for your own body.
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