U.S. K-12 Education Crises
The United States ranked 36th, performing below the OECD average in mathematics with 481 points, and a score indistinguishable from the average for reading and science.
"Practice and hard work go a long way towards developing each student's potential, but students can only achieve at the highest levels when they believe that they are in control of their success and that they are capable of achieving at high levels," the PISA report said.
East Asian countries top educational performance
4 Shocking Stats That Show How Badly We're Failing Our Black Youth
In Cole’s post, he shows that 14.4% of black students drop out of high school by age 25, while that number is only 7.5% for white students.
While we call those students dropouts, many of them are actually pushed out by aggressive punishments such as the suspensions that Trayvon Martin was subjected to because of skipping class, writing on a locker, and having traces of marijuana in his backpack. Zero tolerance policies or contact with school resource officers also contribute to pushout.
Before students get pushed out, they are likely subject to harsh discipline. An incredible number of African American boys and girls are subjected to disproportionate discipline as compared to their white counterparts. In March 2012, the United States Department of Education stated that although black students made up only 18% of the population of the schools studied, they made up 35% of the suspended students and 39% of the students expelled from school. These discipline policies not only result in pushouts but they are also often the entry point of the school-to-prison pipeline.
School districts must rethink their discipline policies. There should be a national movement to have a moratorium on out-of-school suspensions.
In a December 2010 report, the Center on Education Policy found that it would take Louisiana 12.5 years to close the achievement gap between black and white students for fourth grade reading. The same study showed that it would take Florida 28 years and Washington State 105 years.
One solution is placing students in classes where they belong rather than assuming they are not prepared to do the work based on race or socioeconomic status.