The quality of education is slipping in this country. Everyone knows it. Hardly a month goes by where someone from Washington doesn’t make a statement about the decline of US education, but it always seems to be a matter of left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing.
Politicians and administrators call for sweeping reforms to improve education, instituting programs that they think (but seldom do) work to correct the problem
On the other hand, at every level, there is a push to make sure more and more students are retained in the system and progress through it.
We’re at cross-purposes. Either you can make sure that students receive a quality education, that students progress forward only after demonstrating they have learned something, or make sure that they all make it through the program with the grades and numbers that make the schools, administrators, and politicians look good.
It’s time to stop looking good. We need to be good. If we hold to a higher standard, eventually we will get the numbers to go along with it, but the reverse cannot be said.