Why other countries are feasting on our engineering jobs
Dear Education System,
You get a D. Yes, a D and that at best. I’m also going to have to report this to your parents because if you don’t start improving looks like the whole system is getting ready to repeat the 8th grade. What?!? Your parents already know you are about to epically fail…
Your child, the Education System, is about to flunk. They have brought to my attention that they have already discussed this with you and, well, you don’t really seem to be doing anything about it…A little TLC goes a long way.
The Report Card
According to the 2007 TIMSS, conducted by the U.S. government and other countries, we are nowhere near the level of education as some other countries. nces.ed.gov/whatsnew/commissioner/remarks2008/12_9_2008.asp (A new TIMSS is being conducted this year)
At eighth grade, the average U.S. mathematics score was higher than those of students in 37 of the 47 other countries, lower than those in 5 countries (located in Asia), and not measurably different than those in the other 5 countries. Eighth-graders from Chinese Taipei had the highest estimated mathematics score in TIMSS 2007.
At eighth grade, the average U.S. science score was higher than the average scores of students in 35 of the 47 other countries, lower than those in 9 countries (located in Asia or Europe), and not measurably different from those in the other 3 countries. Again, Singapore had the highest estimated science score.
In 2011, more than 60 countries and jurisdictions, including the United States, will participate in TIMSS. More than 20,000 students in more than 1,000 schools across the United States will take the assessment in 2011, joining almost 500,000 other students around the world taking part in TIMSS.
We’ve also seen over the past few months, the President traveling around the country to some of our leading technology companies. He has stated multiple times how the future lies with technology jobs.
But are we really geared up to compete in the future? The signs aren’t good according to the 2007 TIMSS. But whose fault is it? The education system, the government?
Well it’s pretty simple. The government parents the education system. The state government sets the standard for the education systems, which passes them down to the local schools. While this may help school to keep minimum education level, it also partially limits the principals, teachers and administration to push the students further. Why? Because many areas can’t get additional funding beyond the standard program or the curriculum is so tight, there is no room for innovation or creativity in science and math. So in essence the government is not supporting the local school’s educational growth.
Without its support, the Education System will not reach its potential and put us in a place to compete in the future.
That big fat D does not belong to the hard-working educators that are in the trenches day in and day out doing what they love. They get an A+ (And if it was possible to give them higher they would easily earned it.) That D belongs to the one that ties the hand of the educators.
You get that D! Start being a parent, seriously!