Do you believe that public school education in the U.S. is declining? If so, why so?
More and more, I have encountered parents who are enrolling their children in private schools. I know many people who have enrolled their children in Christian schools, Jewish Yeshivahs, Scientology schools, and have told me that it is not necessarily for the religious education, but the quality of basic education. Some have said that with the budget cuts, the quality of public education has deteriorated to such an extent, that they do not feel that their children, educated in public schools, will be prepared to enter college.
This article says that "Americans are provided with public education, but the
quality of that education continues to decline. Education, which is the
foundation to everything needed to guarantee a country’s success, is being
systematically destroyed in America.
Education leads to progress. Education leads to innovation. Education leads to
And this article: "Americans barely reach the international literacy average
set by advanced democracies, according to a report issued by the Educational
Testing Service after looking at the International Adult Literacy Survey
(IALS)....As the years go by, the United States slips down the list.
Americans educated in the sixties captured a Bronze Medal in literacy, those
schooled in the seventies got 5th place in the race. But those schooled in the
nineties ranked 14th
According to the most recent report by the National Center for Education
Statistics (NCES), private schools have enjoyed a steady increase in
enrollment, climbing by 18 percent between 1988 and 2001 — and enrollment rates
are expected to continue to rise by at least another 7 percent by 2013! Public
school enrollment rose by about the same rate (19 percent) but is expected to
continue to rise by only 4 percent."
"The growing popularity of private schools is driven primarily by the
research-backed belief that private and charter schools provide a better
education, better structure, and better discipline than public schools. The
desire to seek the best education for our children has even sparked political
movements nationwide that seek to create voucher systems enabling all families
to choose the schools their children attend, regardless of their income level
Do you believe that public education in the US is declining? Why is that and what are the alternatives?
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