Narrowing the Curriculum/America’s Strengths
- Five years after NCLB was passed, about 62% of school districts have increased instructional time for English or math or both in elementary school. To do this, time was cut from one or more other subjects. The decreases add up to a total of 145 minutes a week or nearly 30 minutes a day, which is an average of 32% in the total instructional time devoted to these subjects.
- While test scores show America falling behind, the economic reality does not. In 2008, the US ranked first out of 131 countries of the Global Competitive Index, which measures the ability of countries to provide high levels of prosperity to their citizens. The US also has 75% of the world’s top 40 universities, 70% of the world’s Nobel Prize winners, and received 38% of the patents for technology inventions in 2008. This would indicate that the crisis was manufactured.
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