How about 75% of the children left behind? That’s the statistic for children in Detroit Public Schools. They are the worst in the nation, but a glance at major cities across the country shows a graduation rate lower than 50%. No child left behind? What the hell were they thinking when they wrote that rubbish? Bush’s pet project is an absolute failure. You want to improve education? Give our schools and our teachers money. Quit spending billions on futile “wars” that can’t possibly be won, and give just a tiny fraction of that to education. It would make a world of difference. Pay teaching positions enough that qualified people actually want to become teachers, instead of pursuing careers that offer more money.
In low-income schools, students have less than a 50 percent chance of
being taught by a mathematics or science teacher who holds a degree in
the subject he or she teaches
How can we produce smarter children without smarter teachers? Granted, you don’t need a math degree to teach 2+2=4, but wouldn’t you want a physics teacher who is actually a physicist? A calculus teacher with at least an associates degree in math? But the people who pursue those degrees shun the low-paying field of education.