Their conclusions: "U.S. schools are failing children and putting the nation's competitiveness in the global economy at risk."
- "Among the document's most controversial proposals is a call for states and school systems to "fairly and efficiently remove ineffective teachers."
- The platform also urged the development of statewide data systems to help track student achievement and teacher effectiveness.
- It also called on schools to expand student learning time -- which encompasses classroom time, tutoring and after-school and experiential programs --
- and called for states to adopt a common definition of graduation rates.
This is all very interesting... especially in light of a recent article that I read stating (again) that more and more high school students are bored with school and many seriously contemplate dropping out. We're missing the mark somewhere. Learning should be FUN. Learning should be COMPELLING. Learning should be ENGAGING and MEANINGFUL. Most importantly, students should be LEARNING-- as documented by gains in local, national and international tests.
I fear that we are still in the understanding the problem phase of this crisis when we need to be acting on some of the more reasonable theories of school improvement.