Year round schooling and other systems which at first

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year round schooling and other systems which at first glance appear to be more efficient than ours. For instance, it is rumored that India has more honors kids than America has kids. American schools have proven that they are not capable of competing with foreign schools as shown by the literacy rate in each country and the number of students that study abroad. Many economists have theorized that our economic downturn is now due simply to a short term problem but rather because we have been unable to compete technologically with the rest of the world. The reason behind this is because the education levels in America are dwindling and workers are unable of preventing outsourcing and technological improvement at their current levels of education. T eachers no longer teach the subject but to “teach to test”. Any topic that isn’t related to the test is ignored or briefly summarized. Most students are studying only for the test and simply “erase” the content from their brains once the class is over. Why does it matter that they do this you might ask. Students are sometimes expected to know previous material in higher courses so when they are asked questions they should know, but we all know they are unable to respond. This causes a loss of class time while the teacher re-teaches the same material over. The American system focuses on a test based rank and stack system where students are graded on tests and then ranked to be placed into college. This system does not evaluate the level of education that a student receives but how well they are able to quickly take in an overwhelming amount of information quickly and be able to dump it onto a test. This system does not make much effort to go back and attempt to reteach information that was incorrect on the students’
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3 exam but rather relies on them to learn the material after they have taken the test with no added benefit of a regrade or extra points. The idea is that in the American system a student can take a
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