Wednesday, February 23, 2011
~ Waiting for Superman ~
We are a bit behind with the Oprah Winfrey show here in South Africa, and I only saw this yesterday on TV.... and I was SHOCKED!! I mean yes, I have heard about the bad school system at the moment in the USA and that the education is falling behind... but I didn't realize that it was THAT BAD!! Just to explain for everybody who did not see the trailer or movie below:
Waiting for "Superman" is a 2010 documentary film from director Davis Guggenheim and producer Lesley Chilcott. The film analyzes the failures of American public education by following several students through the educational system.
I mean MY children are going to an American school and probably will for the rest of their school life, and if this is the example than I am CONCERNED!! BIG TIME!!
So how do you feel about it??
You there, my friends in the USA?? Are your children going to a charter school or a good public school?? Are their teachers failing your children?? What is the feeling of the parents?? What are you doing about it?? I wonder, because this was shown last year November in the USA and it is almost March now, are people forgetting the Oprah show and just going on like nothing happened before, or is there something going on to IMPROVE this??
What the movie doesn't show is that actually 1 out of 5 charter school are high performing!! NOT EVERY charter school!!
I wonder, because I haven't heard anything about it besides the Oprah show, and that is a bit alarming!!
The rest of the world is improving their education system and the USA is falling behind.... that means BIG GAPS and soon the competition is so big that a whole generation will loose out!
You can read an article in the NATION here that has an interesting take on it, and of course 1 TV show on Oprah will NOT change this huge problem, but at least it is an eye-opener and a discussion starter.... but I hope that MORE comes out of this!!
Look at this info below:
Top 10 countries with best education system in the world.
Every 3 years, the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) released its study to measure the performance of education systems in countries around the world. Are measured among students, among other things: the reading, mathematical and scientific literacy.If such a classification has the merit to exist, it also raises a lot of criticism ... especially since France is not even in the top 10 of the 2009 report that just came out. And the USA is placed 21st!!
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is a worldwide evaluation of 15-year-old school pupils' scholastic performance, performed first in 2000 and repeated every three years. It is coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), with a view to improving educational policies and outcomes.
PISA stands in a tradition of international school studies, undertaken since the late 1950s by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). Much of PISA's methodology follows the example of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS, started in 1995), which in turn was much influenced by the U.S. National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The reading component of PISA is inspired by the IEA's Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS).
Shanghai (China): 599 pts (out of town for classification)
Finland: 543 pts
Singapore: 543 pts
Korea: 541 pts
Japan: 529 pts
Canada: 526 pts
New Zealand: 524 pts
Australia: 518 pts
Netherlands: 518 pts
Switzerland: 517 pts
Germany: 510 pts
... 20. France: 497 pts
.... 21. USA: 496 pts
Are you happy with the school your child goes to?? How is the education system in your country?? Can your child compete with the rest of the world when he/she finishes college, will she even be educated enough to go to a college?? That is the question now in the USA, that most high school graduates can't even go to College with their scores!! Even after graduation!! SAD!!
Let's discuss!! I am interested how you feel about this!