As a home schooler, I don't reiterate this to denigrate the schools. I say it because so many politicians today (including the governor of our state and President Obama) are advocating for longer days and longer school years. And they're asking for huge amounts of our tax payer dollars to fund these initiatives. America needs to think long and hard about how much we're willing to sacrifice - including the childhoods of our dear children - to ideas and programs that have no proven results.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Dumb and Dumber
Thomas Friedman, in a recent NY Times piece, quoted findings of the McKinsey consulting firm, that "the longer American children are in school, the worse they perform compared to their international peers." This is not a new finding. A few years ago, John Stossel did a TV program entitled "Stupid in America" and his assessment was the same: "the longer American kids are in school, the dumber they become." (These findings are primarily based on studies that show our 4th graders perform well - near the top - on international tests. By 8th grade, they are in the middle. By the end of high school, our children rank near the very bottom).