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Yates French Hr 2 121799 What is wrong with American schools Thats the million Dollar Question or should I say the Multi-Billion Dollar Question In the past Americas solution to our abysmal public school situation has been to throw money at the problem But that obviously isnt working American students are consistently scoring less on standardized tests than other nations children Personally I believe the problems are more complex than a simple budget problem The truth is American culture is to blame For some reason American students are not raised with the desire for academic success that occurs in other countries In Japan students often commit suicide after doing poorly on college boards In America I know of people who have taken their SATS while under the influence of drugs Many of our students just dont want to learn Not only do other countries produce students who are far more highly skilled than many Americans but they cant seem to keep any of them from immigrating to America In 1998 South Africa was able to retain two percent of their Computer Programming graduates So I guess America has plenty of skilled laborers in the work force its just that none of them are Americans This is not acceptable Now the solution to this is not to change our culture because it wont happen some of these people cannot be helped Instead America must foster an environment where those students who wish to excel are given the chance Instead of spending millions on special education classes we need more places like Springs This nation needs more college prep schools schools that are not designed to educate factory workers but instead focus on training future lawyers and doctors If an inner city school cant send any of its graduates to college close it The funds from that school can be used to buy better equipment for other schools If youre not interested in getting a
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