Bug Or Feature?

1 comment November 29th, 2007at 08:08pm Posted by Eli

How’s that No Child Left Behind working out for us?

US fourth-graders have lost ground in reading ability compared with children around the world, according to results of a global reading test.

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Still, the US average score on the Progress in International Reading Literacy test remained above the international average. Ten countries or jurisdictions, including Hong Kong and three Canadian provinces, were ahead of the United States this time. In 2001, only three countries were ahead of the United States.

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On the latest international exam, US students posted a lower average score than students in Russia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Luxembourg, Hungary, Italy, and Sweden, along with the Canadian provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario.

Last time, Russia, Hong Kong, and Singapore were behind the United States.

Granted, it’s more a matter of the U.S. treading water while other countries pass us, and it’s only fourth grade. But I can’t help but note that improved reading comprehension isn’t really something that benefits Republicans in the long run…

(h/t dakine)

Entry Filed under: Bush,Education,Republicans

1 Comment

  • 1. charley  |  November 29th, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    math is important, probably means a better job. (more money).

    but reading is really important, and it’s fun.

    and fourth grade matters. as the psyches say, after 2 the gig is up.

    after iraq, which going in i knew would change the world forever, education, health, and environment are my main issues.

    oh yeah, and legalizing marijuana, but no one is going to deal with that.


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