Revamping America's Educational
Best Practices ~ D Block
It could be so much better - education in America, I mean. It should be so much better. But is it as bad as Diane Sawyer, FOXNews, and other seemingly endless talking heads continue to say? Is their narrative true? Maybe it's more complex than simply using OECD and PISA test scores. You decide. No doubt, the American education system could use an overhaul. Chicago's own Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education to President Obama, likens himself as a man whose ears are open to our ideas. Let's take this opportunity to create a Best Practices board that articulates the following:
1. American students are falling behind other nations because...
2. What the nation of [your researched country] is doing that makes them successful academically.
3. Whether the U.S. should be compared to the top-scoring countries of the world. Is it possible for American students to do what kids from Singapore, Japan, Belgium, and Korea do?
4. Write a "Best Practice" idea for Sect. Duncan that is inclusive of your country's educational policies or practices with details about how to implement this idea at the federal and state levels (vertical organization). Be clear about this and prepared for critique.
5. Critique the idea designed by the other groups. Can their best practice really work here? If so, how? If not, why?