Sat. Sep 24th, 2022

Americans are focusing on the education statistics published in the last two years. Rankings of 15 year olds worldwide netted some scary realities. On a scale of 1000, students in the U.S. ranked 502 in Science, 500 in Reading and below average at 457 in Math. Korea, China-Shanghai and Finland out-rank us by far. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, (OECD), who tested students from 70 countries, this should be a wake-up call for Americans.

The facts in the December 2010 OECD report compare money spent per student K-12 in America to that spent on students in the top ranking country, Finland. We are spending $129,000, Finland $95,000.

Another top ranking country, South Korea’s school year is 220 days a year. Our kiddos are in school 180 days a year. We exhibit world class spending and vacationing but not world class results. Presently, in our country of renowned opportunity, we rank 17th in the world in education.

Something is very wrong here, don’t you think? Today many American parents are critical of the Chinese mom who has written a book about pushing her daughters to excel. Many others think that the responsibility to improve our kids’ education is the job of government. I now impose some different ideas for the minds of American moms and dads.

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One thing we know about the American Republic is that it was established “of the people, by the people and for the people.” What does this mean to us in view of America’s education ranking in the world today?

As a teacher, I offer this opinion. Change begins at home and in the community. This has ever been the case throughout history. So, here are my suggestions:

1. Learn how to help children with homework.

2. Expect you children to perform well academically and let them know it.

3. Limit their uses of technology and social media.

4. Reward them for school achievement.

5. Above all, make a commitment to their education and be consistent.

In addition, I ask that teachers who have retired recently go into the schools and volunteer their time and expertise. Some of us are even inviting children into our homes or meeting them in libraries for tutoring and homework support.

In my neck of the woods of Long Horns and Big Skies, over 50% of students in the major cities are first generation Americans with parents from Mexico and Central America. Many of these parents are not able to support their children with homework. They can, however, demand that their children do certain things.

1. Get into bed at 8:00 every school night and read.

2. Complete homework assignments daily and turn them in on time.

3. Use computers wisely.

Let’s support our children. They are our future. Government alone has not solved the problem of America’s embarrassingly low education ranking. Parents and communities must step up to the plate.

Jane Hercules, MS Ed. is the author of this article. She has researched the varied locking mailbox options being advertised today. She is an educator who is concerned with the many reports of mail theft and subsequent identity theft all over our country today. Children are close to her heart and as a public school teacher and teacher of young children she is aware of a family’s need for security.

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