AP070207031736Are American schools really that bad?
Last month's global rankings from the Program for International Student Assessment, a project of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, were discouraging for U.S. educators. The study showed that students in Shanghai were far outperforming American students, and especially in math. U.S. children were ranked 30th in math, 17th in reading, and 23rd in science among 65 countries.
Playing off these insecurities, a recent and controversial Wall Street Journal op-ed titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior" encourages parents to emulate what the author, Amy Chua, describes as a Chinese parenting style. Western parents should enforce strict rules and not accept anything less than the best academic performance from their children, she writes.
But skeptics wonder whether some key attributes of American public education may be getting lost in the debate.Read More »from U.S. has education ‘inferiority complex,’ researcher says