Us vs. them

Education Week’s Quality Counts 2012 report is titled “Global Challenge: Education in a Competitive World.”

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  1. I have never understood America’s compulsion with being better than other countries, based on a test score. The article says, “Much of the debate centers on whether the U.S. education system has slipped from a position of dominance. . .” Seriously? Educational dominance. Since when is it important to be dominant in learning?

  2. Roger Sweeny says:

    I have never understood America’s compulsion with being better than other countries, based on a test score.

    Americans are told over and over that the richness and power of a country depends on its educational system. Number one in education means number one in richness and power. Since nobody wants to be poor or to be pushed around by other countries, lots of Americans fret about international scores.

    The fact that America has had mediocre test scores and first place in richness and power for several decades suggests that the fretting is misplaced. But people do fret because politicians and educators and non-profits by the score repeat the education equals riches and power line.