While it’s debatable whether or not Davis Guggenheim’s documentary film, , offers the right solution to the problems affecting the US public education system, it definitely has raised awareness of the statistics presented throughout the movie:
After taking office in January 2001, former President George W. Bush made education his number one agenda. His first policy proposal was the “No Child Left Behind” Act (NCLB Act). According to the President, he wanted to tackle the growing problem of illiteracy among American children and the low standard of test scores. His policy addressed three specific ideologies:
The McGuffey Readers were one of the primary tools used by educators in the middle of the 19th century. These were books that many teachers used in the classroom to teach children. The books encouraged young children to be “prompt, good, kind and honest”. They also included basic education such as, English, math and science.²
There is something seriously wrong with the US education system. If you are an American and you don’t agree, than you are simply impervious to the standard that most non-developing countries put into their education. And when I say education system, I mean kindergarten through 12th grade, where we consistently . 17th! Besides health care, America doesn’t rank so low in anything! We claim to be the best, or strive to be, yet are perfectly ok with sub-standard education? I don’t think that’s the case, I think it’s more a case of ignorance than indifference.
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