posted on Jul, 26 2010 @ 07:12 PM
The foolishness of politicians and education officials to want all students to attend college is also born out by the bell curve...an academic degree
was never meant for the left HALF. I think the "college for all" rhetoric has been toned down, with more times now being said college/technical, or
even the basic idea of education beyond high school, which would include more students.
I got the following anecdotes when my sons were in high school and had classmates from other countries. The exchange students couldn't believe that
all levels of students were in the same class.
In their country's system (as in most of the world), students are tested for academic ability at around 12 years (6th gr), then every to years after
that, to ensure that students get into a course of study appropriate for them. In the US, a classroom's IQ could span 65 to 165.
US education is "comprehensive", and high schools do not usually offer certification for completing a technical program, which is unfortunate.
Instead, everyone gets a "diploma".
IMO American officials want their "comprehensive" system, not change it, and expect it to give the same outcomes as the rest of the world. OTOH,
unlike the rest of the world, students who drop out/change their studies can always drop back in at a later time.
Oh, and the US school system incorporates sports and social activities to a great degree (equal to academics?), whereas in other countries those
activities are community based.