Posted by: coastcontact | May 31, 2013

U.S. students trail global leaders

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In response to concerns raised by federal regulators, Los   Angeles Unified School   District and eight other school districts have filed an amended application for a waiver from a federal law requiring that all students be proficient in English and math by 2014.  This was reported on May 29, 2013 in the Los Angeles Daily News.  The article went on to say that Rather than using No Child criteria to gauge a school’s achievement, CORE has proposed its own accountability system, called the School Quality Improvement Index. Sixty percent of a school’s score would be based on standardized tests and graduation rates, 20 percent on absenteeism and suspension rates, and another 20 percent on campus “culture and climate.”

Yes, “culture and climate” has a 20% value, what ever that means, should be considered rather than the ability to communicate in English.

Meanwhile Scores from the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), 15-year-old students in the U.S. performing about average in reading and science, and below average in math. Out of 34 countries, the U.S. ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math.

Between 1995 and 2008, for example, the United   States slipped from ranking second in college graduation rates to 13th, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Paris based organization that develops and administers the PISA exam.  Of 34 OECD countries, only eight have a lower graduation rate than the United States.

Our next door neighbor, Canada, ranked 4th in Math and 6th in Science.

Meanwhile the LAUSD and other school districts representing over 1 million students want a waiver on proficiency in English and math.  If granted, the United   States is on its way to a two class society.  Those with English and math skills and everyone else.  Everyone else will be working at McDonald’s, Target, making beds in hotels, or other low paid blue collar jobs.


  1. Proposition 13 was all about excessive taxes that would have driven home owners to surrender their property. Property taxes doubled in just one year.

    The LA school district has not said their problem is related to funding. Their issue is the high number of immigrant children in the schools. When we visited London and Paris last summer we met people from around the world who could speak fluent English. Many spoke without any accent.

    Los Angeles has been flooded with illegal aliens. These are poor people who were poorly educated in their home countries. Mexicans another Latin Americans hang out at Home Depot along the curb hoping to be hired. These are not people with an education. They are interested in money to send home. They are not interested in becoming part of the USA.

    Even among those here legally from Latin America there is more concern about their culture and sustaining their connections with their past. At a company I worked for a few years ago there was woman from Mexico who was teaching her children and nieces and nephews Spanish as their primary language.

    I maintain that the concern for “culture and climate” will make those immigrants second class members of this society. That makes them eligible to cut your lawn, fix your toilet, and clean the room at the next hotel you visit. What a wonderful bargain for a two class society!

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