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Originally posted by PisTonZOR
Thank god I am getting schooled in Australia, the 6th best schooling country
I also found it amusing when American kids couldn't answer questions about America and I could.
[edit on 15-10-2006 by PisTonZOR]
In a critical essay published by the institute, David Perks, head of physics at Graveney School, London, also describes the changes as a "dumbing down" of the subject.
He argues the new qualification will produce citizens without "a thorough grounding in the sciences" and suggests instead everyone should study separate chemistry, physics and biology.
Australian students have slipped from second to sixth place on reading in the latest Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report and are now ranked only ninth in maths.
But the teachers' union says the Howard government ripped so much money out of education in the last decade that it is surprising schools are not in even worse shape.
Some analysts though say student standards are declining because curriculums have been dumbed down.
Dr Kevin Donnelly used to work for former workplace relations minister Kevin Andrews, but he is now an education consultant based in Melbourne. He says the problem is that curriculums are being dumbed down.
"But all the research overseas proves that's not the case. If you look at those countries that out-perform Australia, especially in mathematics and science, they actually spend less on education," he said.
"They often have more students in the classroom. It's not about money, it's really about how effective you are in terms of teachers and the curriculum.