For the United States, the report card is dismal. The U.S. ranking has fallen to 17th in reading, 21st in science, and 26th in math.
Florida, one of America’s diverse mega-states, competed separately in the PISA exam, and scored below the U.S. average.
In the academic Olympics, the American superpower is a mediocrity.
Ranked one through seven in test scores in reading, science and math were Shanghai-China, Singapore, Hong Kong-China, Taiwan, South Korea, Macau-China, Japan. Also well ahead of the United States is Vietnam.
By and large, Western Europe has moved out in front of us and our close competitors are the Slovak Republic and Russian Federation.
Fifteen-year-olds in two ex-Soviet republics, Estonia and Latvia, also posted grades in math and science superior to those of America’s young. [Read more…]
[I graduated from Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, California. The education was excellent. Therefore, I have a lot of respect for the opinions of these Catholic professors. – Ed]
This letter was sent individually to each Catholic bishop in the United States.
We are Catholic scholars who have taught for years in America’s colleges and universities. Most of us have done so for decades. A few of us have completed our time in the classroom; we are professors “emeriti.” We have all tried throughout our careers to put our intellectual gifts at the service of Christ and His Church. Most of us are parents, too, who have seen to our children’s education, much of it in Catholic schools. We are all personally and professionally devoted to Catholic education in America.
For these reasons we take this extraordinary step of addressing each of America’s Catholic bishops about the “Common Core” national reform of K-12 schooling. Over one hundred dioceses and archdioceses have decided since 2010 to implement the Common Core. We believe that, notwithstanding the good intentions of those who made these decisions, Common Core was approved too hastily and with inadequate consideration of how it would change the character and curriculum of our nation’s Catholic schools. We believe that implementing Common Core would be a grave disservice to Catholic education in America.
In fact, we are convinced that Common Core is so deeply flawed that it should not be adopted by Catholic schools which have yet to approve it, and that those schools which have already endorsed it should seek an orderly withdrawal now. [Read more…]
by Dr. Ed Berry
Pew Research put together an excellent 13-question test of your general science knowledge. There is no specialty science here. Every elected official and every high-school graduate should score 100 percent on this test. I say “should” not “did.”
After you complete the test, you can see the demographic scores. Some demographics jump out. There is one simple question that 80 percent of the people missed. I think this low score is due to government-environmental propaganda.
Senior citizens did the worst of all age groups except for one question where the 18-29 scored worse than all other age groups. This will surprise you.
by Ed Berry, PhD
Republicans again prove wrong the extremists who claim there is “no difference between Republicans and Democrats” and who shot down Republican victories in 2012.
The Republican National Committee passed the following resolution at its Spring Meeting in Los Angeles.
RESOLUTION CONCERNING COMMON CORE EDUCATION STANDARDS [Read more…]
by Craig Rucker, Executive Director, CFACT
It’s no secret that the Left has institutionalized itself on the college campus.
Sixties campus radicals demanded the right to speak out and our free society gave it to them.
No sooner were they through the academic door, however, when they slammed it shut behind them and created today’s politically correct college life which instructs students that there is only one way to think.
What could be more heartbreaking then sending your child or grandchild off to college while dreading the indoctrination in store?
A study by UCLA found that among incoming freshmen, only 29% self-identified as political liberals. The same study found that self-identified liberals rise to 40% by graduation. [Read more…]
A May Day rally in Los Angeles, co-sponsored by the SEIU and various communist groups, as well as other unions, reflected yet another step in the normalization of self-identified communist and socialist ideologies in the Obama era. Not only did the SEIU help to organize the rally in conjunction with communists, they marched side-by-side with communists, while union members carried communist flags, communists carried union signs, and altogether there was no real way to tell the two apart.
Southern California citizen journalist and photographer “Ringo” was on hand to record the day’s events, and posted a full-length photo essay on his site Ringo’s Pictures. To bring this important photo essay to a wider audience, I present here a small selection of Ringo’s May Day pictures; visit his site to see dozens more photos from the rally. Continue here.
by Tom DeWeese, American Policy Center
Twenty years ago the U.S. ranked first in the world in the number of young adults who had high school diplomas and college degrees. Today we rank ninth and seventh, respectively, among industrialized nations.
Compared to Europe and Asia, 15-year-olds in the United States are below average in applying math skills to real-life tasks. The United States ranks 18 out of 24 industrialized nations in terms of relative effectiveness of its education system.
Knowledge in history, geography, grammar, civics and literature are all in decline in terms of academic understanding and achievement. [Read more…]
by Harrison H. Schmitt
World War II changed the face of learning for those Americans who choose to enter college or university. The life and death necessities of the War period and the subsequent Cold War challenge of the Soviet Union brought unprecedented levels of defense-related federal funds into private and State-run institutions of higher learning and research. [Read more…]
by Harrison H. Schmitt
The Nation’s Founders believed that educational instruction in the basic “virtues” instilled by their Judeo-Christian heritage formed an essential foundation of the American Republic. The thousands of years of trial and error development of that heritage and human struggles to preserve it represented to them an irrefutable basis for insuring the success of both the American Experiment and its citizen’s pursuit of happiness.