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What is wrong with the American educational system?

  1. the Teaching Doc profile image68
    the Teaching Docposted 6 years ago

    What is wrong with the American educational system?

    Students graduate from high school who cannot read or write beyond a 5th grade level.  When it comes to math, many perform even lower.  70 percent of the U.S. population has some level of college education, compared to 10 percent half a century ago.  Shouldn't we be a more highly educated society?  Many students spend 10's of thousands of dollars yet are unable to make a living using what they learned.

    Expense is an obstacle for many, but it is not the problem when you consider that many of those who can afford to pay fall short of expectations.  So, what really is wrong with the system?


  2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image98
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 6 years ago

    I am a retired teacher and have written several hubs on this issue.  It boils down to parents, politicians and money.  Everybody wants to blame the teachers, but most of the teachers are victims.  The system does not allow them to really teach, the parents are very quick to file lawsuits and demand their rights and the politicians bend to their wishes, put unrealistic educational programs in place and then fail to fund them.  It's a witch's brew that gets worse with each day.

  3. madmachio profile image60
    madmachioposted 6 years ago

    Not enough people care for the kids anymore. No one disciplines the kids anymore and most places turn into a zoo. It has gone from teaching them about need to know stuff to being a popularity contest and talks about what's cool or trendy.
    Planning ahead for a career isn't as important as sex, fashion, entertainment, Phones, video games,  and instant gratification.. So in my humble opinion all that and a VAST lack of responsibility on the parents part is a the reason why the kids today stay juvenile and stupid.

  4. ackman1465 profile image61
    ackman1465posted 6 years ago

    In just a few words:  POLITICIANS - at every level - are dabbling in it.   That's a sure-fire way to make ANY system work at its mediocre-worst......