Education System in America

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“Wake up all the teachers, time to teach a new way”, as said in the song “Wake up Everybody”, performed by Harold Melvin in 1975. 39 years ago this was said, and people really should have listened to these nearly prophetic words. Since then, the U.S.has fallen back tremendously in world rankings and changes absolutely need to be made. In order to properly change the Education System in the U.S. to catch up with other countries in the world we need to reallocate resources and focus and extensively restyling the teaching principles in the U.S. There are a lot of people in the U.S. that do not think changes need to be made but they are completely wrong. Our problems are almost perfectly summed up by wall street oasis “Regardless of political affiliation.. one fact remains..our education system sucks at the primary and secondary level”. The United States is falling back significantly in world rankings and people are no longer wanting to come to the U.S. for education as they used to. In 2011, fewer international students came to the U.S. in previous years. Our international students go down almost every year, almost as fast as we are falling down the world rankings for Education.(Washington Post) As said by foreign affairs “The U.S. needs a more thoroughgoing and systematic approach to educational improvement” Still think it isn’t a problem? Every three years the OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) conducts a survey for the worlds’ wealthiest country. These tests are given out to 65 countries every three years. According to the OECD’s findings during their annual test, the U.S. ranked 36th in the world. Some significant countries ahead of us are: Shanghai at #1, South Korea at #5, Finland at #12 and the Uni... ... middle of paper ... ...Web. 15 May 2014. Partanen, Anu. "What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 29 Dec. 2011. Web. 15 May 2014. "What Works for Kids?" StarTribune.com: News, Weather, Sports from Minneapolis, St. Paul and Minnesota. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 May 2014. "6 Free Financial Modeling Lessons...and More." The US Education System and Why We're Behind. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 May 2014. Brown, Sophie. "Shanghai Teens Top International Education Ranking, OECD Says." CNN. Cable News Network, 03 Dec. 2013. Web. 18 May 2014. Kenny, Charles. "The Real Reason America's Schools Stink." Bloomberg Business Week. Bloomberg, 19 Aug. 2012. Web. 18 May 2014. Strauss, Valerie. "U.S. Education Internationally." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 25 June 2013. Web. 18 May 2014. "Why American Education Fails." Global. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 May 2014.
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