CNN Reports that the high school class of 2011’s SAT scores were some of the lowest on record. The reading scores are the lowest on record and the combined reading and math scores are at their lowest point since 1995.
Public education in America has devolved into a two track system; the top 10% get a decent education through magnet and honors classes while the rest are stuck with crappy teachers in a glorified babysitting program.
Our lower education system is completely broken and it bodes poorly for the future of the nation. More and more technical majors in American universities are becoming dominated by foreign students, if we don’t fix this imbalance soon (through more Americans, not by kicking out the exchange students), then eventually even our higher learning centers will decline as other nations’ schools outpace even our currently excellent(ish) public universities and leave America in the dust once and for all. Can we really expect to keep our technological dominance when we eventually are only left with strip mall colleges? Can even the next Silicon Valley protégé emerge when she or he does not receive the mathematics education that is required during their formative years?
Just another reminder for me to learn to speak Mandarin Chinese before too long.