Weaknesses In Education

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The United States education system is a topic of debate that primarily exists because of its comparison to countries with outstanding educational performance, such as China and Finland. With the U.S. ranked as average when being compared to these countries, many schools and the parents of students agree there is a much needed reform. Thankfully, tests such as the Programme for International Student Assessment allows countries to test their students to determine where their country lacks most in their education. This tests has made it possible for the U.S. to realize its educational standpoint to make changes to the system accordingly.
The Programme for International Student Assessment, also known as PISA, tests the critical thinking, science
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The main weakness that was noted was the inequality within the education system, primarily regarding poverty and teacher inequality. Since the United States has the highest amount of childhood poverty rates in comparison to the other countries that participated in the PISA, a direct relationship between poverty and education was clearly present. According to a study discussed in Linda Darling-Hammond’s article, “the size of the working vocabulary of four-year old children from low-income families is approximately one-third that of children from middle-income families”(Darling-Hammond). This quote not only shows the correlation between education and poverty, but it also gives insight on how large of an impact it has on students who do not have access to a proper education. The inequality of teachers has a similarly large impact on the education of students. The U.S. has seen a gradually increasing problem in the value of teachers as the years go by, with the largest complaint being their salary. These teachers work long days and still must continue their work at home as they grade papers and make tests for their students. In return they do not get a salary that compensates their hard work, which leads many people to avoid this career route. Since teachers play the largest role in how students receive their …show more content…
With the comprehensive school system in place, it is possible for Finnish parents to send their children to school with little worry that they are not receiving adequate education. Pirjo Linnakyla explains this school system in her article, stating “In this system every child attends school free of charge for nine years from the age of seven to the age of 16” (Linnakyla). While students are promised equality in education, teachers are also benefiting from the equality that exists in their workplace. To become a teacher in Finland, one must get accepted into this competitive major and go through intensive schooling to receive their master’s degree in education. As a result, schools have access to wide variety of well knowledgeable teachers to improve the education of their students. Furthermore, the education system in Finland works around the needs of both students and teachers and makes compromises so that each student receives fair education. Similarly, China has recently made compromises in regards to equality in education. Since inequality in schools was once a large issue in cities like Shanghai, the government has been making it a priority to reform weak schools. This is done in numerous different ways, such as putting well experienced teachers in charge of the weaker schools. In an article published by the OECD, “good public school

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