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Where We Stand: American Schools In The 21st Century

A PBS channel special program on the state of the American education system

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An eye-opening documentary, home school anyone?

  • Mar 13, 2009
Where We Stand: American Schools In The 21st Century is a great documentary! No, not because it makes America look bad, but because it exposes the problems with this system and will break every viewing parent's complacency about public schooling (and perhaps make them refrain from questioning parents who home school).

It is helpful to see things in comparison, this documentary does a great job of putting things in perspective by examples from other developed countries in the world. The statistics are pretty shocking and don't leave room for delaying the changes that need to be made. Maybe education is more important than war, don't you think? Perhaps more money should be invested in educating American children instead of policing the world and forcing democracy into countries that could care less for it.

While the documentary does not support my opinion of public schooling, I still enjoyed it and learned a lot from it. I tend to veer toward the belief that public schooling as a whole is designed for the convenience of society, not the individual. You might find my book review of The Underground History of American Education interesting.

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In 1995, America's college graduation rate was first in the world. Ten years later, it ranked 15th. As so many nations around the world continue to improve their systems of education, America can no longer afford to maintain the status quo. In an ever-changing, increasingly competitive global economy, is the U.S. doing all it can to prepare its students to win jobs and maintain a robust economy?

WHERE WE STAND introduces students, parents, teachers and administrators whose stories illustrate the overwhelming odds and shining successes of education in America. They include Bin Che, an educator from mainland China who teaches Mandarin in rural Ohio; Cherese Clark, principal of a high-poverty school struggling under the pressure of low test scores; Guadalupe Medina, a student at a STEM school (which focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), who, at age 16, has completed all of her high school requirements; and Anne Kuittinen, a Finnish exchange student who earned straight A's but is now redoing her junior year at home in Finland because the Finnish school system doesn't accept credits from America.
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