jseah wrote:What are these greatest problems that you see America as facing, that other countries do not?Zcorp wrote:American's spend more per capita on students than anywhere in the world with really poor results - granted, we also have some of the hardest problems to solve in education.
The US has greater ethnic diversity than anywhere else in the world. This creates a large variety of problems. In a mono-culture each student has childhood that is a a lot of similarity and they share much of that similarity with their teachers who grew up in that same culture. In ethnically diverse situations, it is more difficult for teachers to know what to expect their student learned for skills that aren't directly assessed in the curriculum. So most skills. It creates classroom management problems, student teacher bonding problems, problems with how different ethnic groups treat their children's education and the list goes on. While this doesn't occur everywhere in the US it is a significant factor in many areas, it is fairly common for teachers in LAUSD to have 4+ different ethnic groups represent in their classroom.