Endangering Prosperity: A Global View of the American School

The video and the book description┬ásay that U.S. students rank way, way down compared to students in other countries, based on the “Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), an international mathematics examination.”

And comparing reading proficiency, “A mere 31 percent of U.S. students in the class of 2011 could perform at the “proficient” level as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) program, compared with South Korea’s result of 47 percent.”

The first step to fixing a problem is recognizing that there is a problem. Okay, the authors have done step one, which is more than many of the education establishment. But what is their cure? If anybody has read the book, please let me know.

 

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America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century

This book review suggests that all Rand Paul supporters “should make America 3.0 their book of ideas.” The description at Amazon sounds good:

We are in a painful transition period. Our government is crushingly expensive, failing at its basic functions, and unable to keep its promises. It does not work and it cannot continue as it is. …

America is poised to enter a new era of freedom and prosperity. The cultural roots of the American people go back at least fifteen centuries, and make us individualistic, enterprising, and liberty-loving.

I haven’t read it so I would be very interesting in hearing from those who have read it.