“American schools are failing to educate our kids.” Is an assumption from the essay “To improve schools, forget computers” by James Freeman. Mr. Freeman has taken this for granted, as if it were true based upon presupposition without preponderance of the facts. This statement has been repeated so often that it is taken foe granted as truth. But where is the evidence? Mr. Freeman says: “In a 1998 international test, American high school students finished 18th out of 21 nations in math and science literacy, and the test didn't even include any Asian countries.” This red herring argument is not proof that American schools are not educating students. The authors own stated evidence does not support the claim since it is possible that all 21 countries tested succeeded in educating its children. Also the author points out that some nations were not included in the test. “American schools are failing to educate our kids.” This claim from Mr. Freeman also carries some bias since the author never explains what the specifications for educating our children are.
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