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    THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT It’s time for our weekly guffaw at the expense of Dennis Redovich. In this week’s episode, we learn how terrific the US public schools are at teaching science.

    The United States is the uncontested leader of the world in scientific research in respect to published accomplishments, Nobel Prizes, volume of research and expenditures on scientific research. The United States is the leader of the world in technology and the unchallenged leader of the world in the global economy…

    There is no doubt; American schools produce the finest scientists in the world. And the American educational systems, most notably including American K-12 education, continue to upgrade the quality of their science graduates each year.

    I have some personal experience in this area. Yes, Amercian schools lead the world in scientific training and research. Unfortunately for Mr. Redovich, it is the US grad school system that dominates the rest of the world. The K-12 system has little or no bearing on the quality of grad students because a very large percentage of US scientists and engineers came to the US for grad school and stayed afterward. If our economy were suddenly to be dependent on US K-12 educated scientists and engineers, we’d be facing a major economic crisis.

    Math and science are mystiques because many students and adults have difficulty with math and science courses such as chemistry and physics. Mathematicians and scientists perpetuate the mystique by claiming super human powers for the skills they possess.

    Yes, I can use my x-ray vision to see that Mr. Redovich is an idiot.

    The following quotes are an example of typical nonsense published by Media across the nation.

    “Preparing our children to succeed in the 21st century is our job as educators. Graduates of Massachusetts’s high schools should leave us prepared to someday compete for – and win – high-level jobs against their peers from other states and nations. It is our duty as educators to give them the skills they need to succeed once they’re on their own, long after tossing their caps in the air on graduation day. This means feeling confident that the diploma they take home represents a top-notch education”.

    “I am proud of the MCAS program we have developed, and I stand by our commitment to hold our students to the highest of standards. When expectations are set – and held – for students and teachers, they will rise to the occasion and meet them.”[emphasis in original].

    I guess Mr. Redovich would have preferred this:

    “Preparing our children to fail in the 21st century is our job as educators. Graduates of Massachusetts’s high schools should leave us ill-prepared to someday compete for – and win – menial jobs against their peers from other states and nations. It is our duty as educators to give them self-esteem, ignoring the skills they need to succeed once they’re on their own, long after tossing their caps in the air on graduation day. This means feeling confident that the diploma they take home represents a top-notch education, regardless of the true value of said diploma”.

    Happy now, Mr. Redovich?

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