The NAACP has released a new report — “Finding Our Way Back to First: Reclaiming World Leadership by Educating All America’s Children” — that suggests four areas where education practices must improve if the system is going to keep up with the global economy. Those areas are: effective teaching, pre-K prep, “targeted spending,” and additional learning time.
NAACP president and CEO Benjamin Jealous says in this blog post on the NAACP website, “Our proposition is simple: if every public school does what the best schools do, every child will be able to get a great education.” The emphasis of the report is on children across the socioeconomic spectrum.
Black Voice News explains the four areas of improvement in more detail:
The first element, “Prekindergarten Prep for Achievement,” suggests that higher quality, universal prekindergarten programs that better prepare students for school; the second, “Effective Teaching,” seeks to better prepare teachers and make ensures that only the most qualified teachers lead classrooms.
“More Time, More Learning,” points to both a longer school day and an extended school year, while “Targeted Spending for Widespread Success” points to the better usage of the limited resources schools and school district have.
Just today, we reported on a new analysis that found that while American students have moved up on education scale, there are still a number of countries that are excelling beyond us. The report also found that race and financial status determine educational achievement.
“If the United States is to remain competitive in the global marketplace, we must have a strong and innovative workforce. To attain that workforce, we need to educate students at a higher level than in the past,” Black Voice News quotes NAACP Education Director Beth Glenn.
How would you like to see the American education system improved?