posted on Aug, 11 2007 @ 01:50 PM
US schools can produce quality students in math and science, if students take advantage. Unlike students in India and China, for example, who major in
math, science and engineering at a much greater rate, bright students in past decades in the US have chosen to go into business, economics, law, and
Most of the nation's leaders have a business/law background, not science. The medical doctor in congress chose to get on the congress floor to give
his opinion about a woman connected to a feeding tube, rather than show leadership in getting his country to grow more math/science/engineering
Unlike other nations, US schools spend time and money on sports programs and social interests such as clubs and dances. Other countries test their
students' academic ability at around the age of 12 to see in which direction the student should go, retest a couple years later, and retest a couple
years later again. Students who cannot handle academics or school are allowed to drop out at different ages.
Foreign exchange students are puzzled as to why the US wants to educate everyone the same. Unlike in their own country, they sit in US classes where
the IQ range can be from 65 to 165. No Child Left Behind has only intensified this one size fits all--everyone must take college level coursework,
regardless if your IQ is 65.
If the US wants more math/science achievement, then parents/culture must encourage students to achieve academically. In general parents/culture must
focus on academics over social interests, which includes tv. Years ago Jesse Jackson said that no one is so poor that they cannot turn off the tv. I
suppose nowadays that would include computers and game technology, too. And it is everyone, not just the poor, who need to refocus.
While other nations have been working towards where they want to be in the future, the US has been content to debate God, guns, and gays, as if that
is all that matters. Much time and money was wasted on the Rhodes scholar president and his dalliances in the Oval office, and his successor was
elected on the impression that he was someone you could have a beer with at a barbeque and who would stop and fix your flat tire, not necessary
attributes of a world class leader.
Americans seem to be waking from their trance, but they are worthy of only the best in leadership, not just a figurehead. If they are not content with
the current situation, they need leadership with a vision for the future, based not on belief but on reality. Americans must learn to see outside
themselves, watch world programming or demand that their usual news carry world news.
Americans must do the work of transforming their nation into one for the future. Reclaim their world leadership of new ideas. Old ideas, even rehashed
old ones, will only serve to keep the country in the past at best, to let other nations go ahead at worst.