No they reward the best students with the best opportunities, to say they stop educating children is a falsehood. Like us they guarantee and education through nine years, what they accomplish in those nine years is more than what we accomplish through 10 years.<quoted text>
Actually, the Chinese are able to achieve their high standards on testing and such because they do not educate every child as we do in this country. They have a "free market" system alright - they only educate those that can score high on achievement tests. And you are correct - they don't lower the bar for anyone. They don't actually set a bar for certain segments of their population. And typically, as I have researched, the Chinese only report test scores from certain areas of the country where students tend to score higher on standardized tests, than other parts of the country where they don't....or don't really educate at all.
And while we should want and expect ALL students in our district to be high achievers, some simply are not. And not that we shouldn't strive to create an environment that allows ALL students to be high achievers, we absolutely should with every waking moment we have.....but some kids are proficient and that is the best they will be. And you know what - that is ok if that is who the individual child is. Sorry, but that is the reality. Not everyone is meant to go to college. Not everyone is meant to be CEO of a company. Just like some kids can run fast and some can't. Some kids can throw a baseball and some can't.
We know not all children are created equally, but all can excel past the point of where they are today. Resting comfortably in failure is not an option I wish on the majority of children in this district.
I refuse to believe that well over half of the children in Springboro are incapable of scoring more than 75% on a basic achievement test.
You do not need to go to college to do basic math, but it certainly helps in life.