October 2013

Our educational crisis: The problem is bigger than it seems

It is painfully obvious that our current approach to education has serious problems. Symptoms manifest themselves in a variety of ways: unequal access to education, lack of student engagement, inadequacy of existing curriculum, high school dropout rates, inability for graduating students to find work, and many more.

To help diagnose the problem, many experts point to the PISA report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development that scores and ranks students from different countries across the world in several dimensions, including reading, math and science. The results are deeply troubling – in every case, the US is far below the countries that performed best in these dimensions.

However, the problem is bigger than that.