Can there be little doubt the school system in the United States is failing? According to the U.S. Department of Education, more than a quarter of U.S. schools are failing under terms of the No Child Left Behind law. A least 24,470 U.S. public schools, or 27 percent of the national total, did not meet the federal requirement for "adequate yearly progress" in 2004-2005. (Washington Post)
Of course, we don’t stack up very well internationally either. An interesting new documentary has come out titled “Two Million Minutes,” which examines the daily life of individual students in China, India, and America. Compared to the U.S., China now produces eight times more scientists and engineers, while India puts out up to three times as many as the U.S. Here in deep South Texas, there has been a lot of discussion about some high schools being “drop-out factories.”
This is a crisis that will bury America in the future.