Thu. Oct 6th, 2022

Year after year, the megaphone cry across the United States by citizen groups, teachers’ unions, and by some government officials has been for increased spending to fix the poor success rate of our schools. This cry married up with the demand for smaller class size. Recent studies have called for the dismissal of poor teachers. Question. What constitutes a poor teacher?

Differentiated schools within school systems have sprung up across the land. Standardized test scores have been analyzed, interpreted, and re-interpreted ad nauseam. School systems have used these tests as bragging points to the public, boards of education, and state legislators. Despite this new class of schools called academies or charter schools, the number of students graduating from our high schools has not had a significant increase.

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Dr. W. Edward Deming, the father of Quality Evolution long ago suggested the blame for failure should not be placed on individuals but on the system that allows individuals to fail. It is the educational system that needs examination. Deming’s approach enjoyed a popular moment in the sunlight of the 1980’s.
Now, once again in this 21st Century, there is a clanging of the bell of alarm about the lack of high school graduates and the lack of students graduating from our colleges and universities, especially in the area of higher math and sciences.

The educational failure currently being experienced in America is not just a K-12 problem. An article by Erick Gorsksi (AP Education Writer and dated January 18, 2011) strongly indicates the failure extends to the college level as well. According to the study Mr. Gorsksi reports, 45 percent of undergraduates showed no significant improvement in the area of critical thinking, complex reasoning, and writing by the end of their second year in college. Alarming? Yes! What then needs to be done?

That question will be addressed in the next article.

Norman W Wilson, PhD

Dr. Wilson has forty years experience in education at the junior high school, graduate school, and community college. He is the author and co-author of textbooks in literary criticism and in the humanities. Currently, he has over 200 articles published on the internet, has had a non-fiction book and a novel published this past month. He is a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books and for NovelSpot.Net.

By rahul