Freedom Magazine on Failing Education Reform

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The November 2014 issue of Freedom Magazine traces the problem in declining performance in American public schools to “a punitive testing culture, narrow mandates that dictate what happens in the classroom, and meddling by interests that are disconnected from what really matters—the kids.”

Freedom looks into declining performance despite—or even because of—federally mandated policy introduced into American schools during the last two presidential administrations.

American 15-year-olds ranked 36th in the world out of 65 participating countries tested in math, 28th in science and 24th in reading.

“American 15-year-olds ranked 36th in the world out of 65 participating countries tested in math, 28th in science and 24th in reading. And measures to better student performance and literacy over the last decade and a half, beginning with No Child Left Behind, have only made things worse,” writes Freedom reporter Ray Richmond.

Why? Many educators believe that centralized measures like No Child Left Behind and Common Core have given rise to a punitive testing culture and led to an overall compromise of American public school education.

Teachers are largely scapegoated for declining student performance, as in Time magazine’s November 3 cover story “ROTTEN APPLES: It’s Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher, Some Tech Millionaires May Have Found a Way to Change That.” But through interviews with veteran educators, Richmond discovers a very different picture—that teachers are not the problem, but the answer to the crisis in America’s schools.

Also in the November issue of Freedom:

Shock Treatment—Electroconvulsive therapy got a public relations makeover, but is the procedure any less ugly?

Tibet’s Long Journey to Freedom—A nation’s struggle for freedom, with its strongest advocates of human rights living in exile.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dan Luzzader on cultural biases, built-in and nurtured by the BBC.

Freedom Magazine is committed to accurate and accountable reporting. Freedom is the voice of the Church of Scientology and reflects its stance that responsible journalism and the free flow of information are the lifeblood of all great societies.

Published since 1968 and recently re-launched as a monthly print periodical, Freedom addresses issues, not politics. It seeks out and illuminates solutions to society’s problems. Freedom proudly serves as a media watchdog, protecting the exchange of free ideas on which democracy relies. Freedom further spotlights the Church of Scientology’s human rights, social betterment and volunteer works, thereby advancing its purpose of safeguarding and promoting the rights of all.

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