Answered October 26, 2019
When I was a kid, stereotypes were used heavily in humor, and stereotypes of people from foreign countries were especially common. Japanese people always had cameras, German people were gruff, French people were rude. Americans were fat, lazy, messy, loud, and uneducated.
Joshua Gross, CSUMB计算机科学助理教授：
If you look at standardized exams for other countries, they emphasize rigor. However, that’s their focus: rigor. Not creative or lateral thinking. Not critical thinking. Not problem solving. Japanese students have been demonstrated to know more about US geography than American students in some random tests, and that’s frustrating, but memorizing geographical facts has little bearing on life. Students in many Asian countries are required to rapidly perform multicolumn multiplication, but they don’t demonstrate a deeper understanding of arithmetic reasoning than American students; they just learn useful ways to perform calculations.
Here in the UK, students at secondary school are expected to show the level of creative thinking which I’m told (repeatedly) is expected in the US in the second year of university, or even post-grad.
Heidi Cool, Born and raised in the United States, but have also traveled beyond.
People say that education is not as good in the U.S. as in many other countries because our students (on average) lag behind other countries on the PISA and similar tests. U.S. academic achievement lags that of many other countries. Our students score lower than their peers in science, math and reading.
Heidi Cool, 在美国出生长大，去过很多地方：
Naturally there are many different factors in play, but the end result is that some students in the U.S. are quite well-educated, some are under-educated and many fall somewhere in between. Students who are well-educated will have been able to take many advanced classes in secondary school and will be well prepared to attend the better universities and colleges, or follow other paths in relation to their interests/talents. Students who are under-educated may struggle with basic writing and math skills.
American culture celebrates individuality and reaching for the stars. The “American Dream” trope looms large here, the idea that through hard work and risk-taking, one can achieve greatness. The concept of average doesn’t seem popular here. I also think this is why we have an obsession with celebrities too.
US education isn’t horrible, but it’s certainly not good either. I would say it’s mediocre to subpar. They tend to get fairly average and below average in math results despite spending more than other developed countries. Some of it has to do with child poverty; I’ve seen estimates that up to 70% of a child’s academic success is related to non-school factors.
Another cause is that America doesn’t really have an intellectual culture. People want to be known as smart, but don’t actually want to put the hard work into learning. Hence, having a prestigious degree may be highly regarded, but intellectual topics are rarely subjects of conversation or entertainment. Sports are also a huge thing, and in some communities seem to confer higher social status than academic success - I saw a high school in Texas spent nearly $100 million on a stadium.
I don’t really seeing us able to reform our way out of these problems anytime soon. I would make changes to education to try to make it more efficient and focused, but fighting this intellectual apathy would be hard.
Hans Arndt, President at Cellar Door Solutions Inc (2019-present)
Like all things American, the problem isn't at the margins, its in the center. America's top students have access to the best schools in the world. They are given access to the best educational tools available and are showered with the best funding that America has to offer.
America's lowest performing students are also given lots of resources; they are put in ESE classes with only 15 students per room. The educational system creates loopholes and easy tests to keep these students to continue moving up grades. They require teachers to slow down their curriculums to make sure these students keep from falling behind others. This comes at a cost.
The students in the middle are the ones who suffer. They are the forgotten ones. Too smart to be given a leg up but not smart enough to be given additional resources. Many of them are not compelled to work hard, and the classes they do take have been slowed down to accommodate the ESE students. The administration doesn't put emphasis on parents involvement, and are quick to blame the teacher for the students misbehaving. This creates a culture of mediocrity for those caught in the middle. America's failure is concentrated on the middle 60%.
For elementary education (ages 5–18):
In rich neighborhoods, education is high-quality since they get a lot of funding. In poor neighborhoods, education tends to be poorly-funded and the students have many social issues to deal with (poverty, poor nutrition, lack of fathers at home, parents working two jobs, medical issues, overcrowding, etc.) that get in the way of their education.
For higher education (ages 18+):
Public colleges vary widely in quality, from adequate to excellent. Private for-profit colleges tend to be of very poor quality. Private non-profit colleges also vary widely in quality, from adequate to world-class (like MIT and Yale).
Dahn Shaulis, Higher Education Watchdog
The US higher education system’s colleges vary a great deal in quality, from elite private colleges (e.g. Harvard, Yale, Stanford, MIT, Georgetown) and state flagship universities (e.g. University of Michigan, Wisconsin) to “subprime colleges” that prey on working families, including military service members, veterans, women, and people of color.
These subprime colleges include University of Phoenix, Purdue University Global (formerly Kaplan University), DeVry, Colorado Tech and American Intercontinental University, Strayer University, and Ashford University.
In terms of higher education accountability, the US is decentralized and lacking in resources. Both the US Department of Education and private accreditors have set a very low bar for oversight.
The first thing I learned in middle school: to stop guys from making sexual comments towards you, you have to curse and be catty.
First thing that comes to my mind from school: y=mx+b, 206 bones in the body, I don't remember anything about taxes, French revolution started all of it, Romeo and Juliet fans were the first 'emo' Bois.
I was out of school for a week once. Only one teacher gave me an extension on homework I missed.
I know more about drugs than I should. Someone did drugs next to me once, then gave his friend some.
I do online school now, and still have to show up to a different place and it's a lot better. I'm happier staying home alone then being in school.
Just to clarify, I was sexually harassed in school when I was 12. Twice. I learned about different types of drugs when I was 12. I got asked if I wanted to have sex when I was 12. I didn't learn anything until I went to highschool, when I was 14, which was algrebra. I've learned the same thing in English from 12 years old to now, 15.
The main problem is the lack of respect between everyone. Going to school sucks because of the atmosphere and kids act out because they're treated like kids. Teachers become mean because they've had enough of kids acting out.
Some schools are good. The ones that require applications. Or money. If your an outsider looking in, it may look good. Once you get inside and learn how it works as a student, it's not as good. Students are at the bottom, anyone can yell at them and they're expected to still be respectful.