The effects of this problem.
1. A recent report released by the University of Chicago titled “Left Behind in America: The Nations Dropout Crisis” gave a scathing indictment of educational performance in this country. According to the report, nearly 6.2 million students in the U.S. between the ages of 16 and 24 in 2007 dropped out of high school, which is more than 16 percent of all Americans in that age range.
A lot of students drop during the first year in college because they find school is boring, they cant get any help from school, they don’t understand their major, no passion, or changing their major again and again.
2. After you graduate, you need to find a job. It has been said that the average time that a college graduate finds employment( these are in better socioeconomic times) range between six months and a year. However, in these precarious socioeconomic times, it takes MUCH MUCH longer for college graduates to find employment, especially suitable employment.
45% of US employers say lack of skills is the “main reason” for entry-level vacancies. 60% students believe they learn skills is through “on the job training.” 58% cite that “hands-on learning” is best.
Lectures are the lowest rated learning method (30%) tied with “traditional online learning” (30%).
What cause the problem?
1. Our world is changing.
There are schools that are teaching in the old fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginnings of the 1900s – academic studies were taught by a more theoretical approach but the needs are not the same and we need something fit for the 21st century
What we need now is a different kind of education to prepare people for working life. Young people use quite advanced computers. In the past the banks had lots of bank clerks totting up figures but now that has totally changed. We therefore have to make the changes in education that are necessary for industry and modern society.
Most recently, two federal programs have sought to remake the U.S. education system: No Child Left Behind, a 2001 law that sought to use standards and accountability to push all students to proficiency by 2014, and Race to the Top, are examples of the global education reform movement.
On The fifth global trend is adoption of test-based accountability policies for schools. In doing so school performance – especially raising student achievement – is closely tied to processes of accrediting, promoting, inspecting, and, ultimately, rewarding or punishing schools and teachers. Success or failure of schools and teachers is often determined by standardized tests and external teacher evaluations that devote attention to limited aspects of schooling, such as student achievement in mathematical and reading literacy, exit examination results, or intended teacher classroom behavior.
Does it sound good, right?
But let us rethink about this. standardized testing, merit pay for high scores, It will make the current standardized tests of basic skills more important than ever, and even more time and resources will be devoted to raising scores on these tests. The curriculum will be narrowed even more than under George W. Bush's No Child Left Behind, because of the link between wages and scores.
Schools risk being turned into “exam factories”…