India 59, America, ZERO!
I was listening to Bill Bennett this morning on AM1280 The Patriot and heard about an editorial in the NY Times. It was written by an Indian ex-pat (his parents moved to America in 1977). What was quoted was how, at 14, in India he was near the bottom of his class in mathematics. But when he arrived in America, much to his parents surprise, he was at the top of his American school class in math. Same for English. And shockingly, the same for American history, especially the American Revolution!
The specific paragraph:
"When I moved to Queens, in New York City, at the age of 14, I found myself, for the first time in my life, considered good at math. In Bombay, math was my worst subject, and I regularly found my place near the bottom of the class rankings in that rigorous subject. But in my American school, so low were their standards that I was - to my parents' disbelief - near the top of the class. It was the same in English and, unexpectedly, in American history, for my school in Bombay included a detailed study of the American Revolution. My American school curriculum had, of course, almost nothing on the subcontinent's freedom struggle. I was mercilessly bullied during the 1979-80 hostage crisis, because my classmates couldn't tell the difference between Iran and India. If I were now to move with my family to India, my children - who go to one of the best private schools in New York - would have to take remedial math and science courses to get into a good school in Bombay." ( www.nytimes.com/pages/opinion/text/index.html then "A Passage From India" [registration required]).
And as I wrote yesterday, MN education gets a huge spending boost.
And to achieve what?
Go to www.edwatch.org/ and get involved. This is something you really can do "for" the children ,not "to" the children.