by Bruce Deitrick Price
American results in PISA, the Program for International Student Assessment, aren’t good. But education experts responded to the latest bad news with well practiced shrugs. What, us worry?
The Education Writers Association had this headline: “No easy answers on PISA: US scores flat for reading, math and science.”
That’s a grim trifecta that people in the Third World might be comfortable with. But everyone in this world should be ashamed. However, the education writers ignored their own headline and jumped to this summary:
With the results of a global exam showing flat scores for American 15-year-olds in reading, math and science, education journalists were busy this week parsing the data, providing context, and explaining why comparisons among countries’ results can be a tricky business.
These journalists should be on top of a mountain screaming for Americans to wake up.