I expect most people have seen the political ad criticizing Governor Snyder for cutting $1 billion from public education. And with that criticism comes Mark Schauer’s promise to spend more on public education. This is a common campaign issue, one that has surfaced in Florida, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Kansas and elsewhere. Is there a problem with funding for public education? Is a call for spending more a no-brainer—we should do it. Or is this a case of lack of information to make a decision? There certainly is concern that that US has fallen far behind in basic education relative to the rest of the world. What is the “Right Thing to do?”
U.S. children score lower on standardized tests than students in many developed countries. The U.S. ranks 17th in reading, 23rd in science and 31st in math, behind countries like Slovenia and Poland. One of the main differences is that high achieving countries have a higher level of difficulty for becoming teachers. Concern is growing that we will become less competitive globally unless our education system improves. It may be even more critical in Michigan because of our relatively low performance. Education Week ranked Michigan’s K-12 system 24th, 23rd in high school graduation rate, 36th in percent of adults with a college diploma, 39th in 4th grade math and 30th in 8th grade reading, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress exam. How do we start to improve the educational performance in the U.S. and even more importantly in Michigan? What is the “Right Thing to do?”
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