I recently watched a youtube video about Education in America and mentioned that the U.S. is ranked 24th in math, and 21st in science worldwide, just like the CBS news report. However, this report also mentioned where we ranked in reading literacy, and that is 15th. While it's not as bad as math and science, it is still disappointingly low.
Even so, according to this video, teachers in America teach about 1,080 hours per year and the average primary school teacher is paid about $43,633 while the average amount of hours taught per year world wide is 794 and nine other countries are paid more then U.S. teachers with the highest paid teacher residing in Luxembourg being paid an average of $70,000 per year.
Lastly, the video touches upon graduation rates. Forty years ago, the U.S. was number 1 in when it came to graduation rates, today we are ranked 19th. Apparently 6,000 students drop out of school daily and 30% of students do not graduate. But with all of these saddening details, what can we as pre-service teachers to do?
Education in America video