School Is Too Easy In The U.S.
July 12, 2012 by Bryan Nash
America was once a Nation that prided itself on its educational standards. It was a country that stayed ahead of the pack through its ongoing quest for knowledge. It was a place to which people from all over the world would come in order to sit at the feet of elite teachers. But those days are a thing of the past, according to a new report.
The report, issued by the Center for American Progress, found that many students think school is too easy. Nearly 30 percent of eighth-graders surveyed said their math curriculum is “often or always too easy.” Almost 40 percent of fourth-graders said the same. Close to 60 percent of eighth-graders said their history work is “often or always too easy.” And about 30 percent of eighth-graders reported reading less than five pages a day.
The findings were consistent at higher grades. About 40 percent of high school seniors said that they “hardly ever or only once or twice a month” write about the things they read during class.
The survey revealed that America is not keeping up with the rest of the world in regard to engineering and technology; 72 percent of eighth-graders are taught nothing about the subjects.
Some of the fault can be placed on the teachers. One out of every four middle school math students does not understand his teacher’s questions. And 36 percent of high school seniors “sometimes or hardly ever clearly understand” the questions posed by math teachers.
It is clear that the United States is no longer a place of educational excellence, especially when compared to other parts of the world. Students in other countries have been known to commit suicide when they don’t get the grade they want. School officials in the U.S. should come to grips with the fact that the image of students lugging around books and pouring over homework in the wee hours is a thing of the past.