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A researcher explains why U.S. schools are falling behind other countries

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This may come as a surprise to some, but American schools have not fared well against our competitors lately.

In fact, no single state in America comes even close to mirroring the scores we see coming out of other top countries. Even if a state is wealthy and invests a greater than average amount in their school district, American schools have not been living up to our competition.

With this in mind, Amanda Ripley set out to understand why U.S. schools cant compete with high scoring countries when it comes to studies.

Amanda initially target adults in an attempt to understand what needed to be fixed, but she soon found that adults only answered explaining how factors like poverty were the sole cause of poor scores.

Amanda quickly realized she had to find these answers from the source itself, and that is when she began asking actual students what they felt was wrong or needed to be improved.

To get an even better understanding of how American schools differ from their competition, she focused exclusively on exchange students. The top three answers she was given were shocking to say the least.

In regards to their experience with schools outside of the United States, students said three major points:

  1. Students in other countries actually felt school was a necessity to a better future, whereas many American students felt school was unnecessary and ultimately disregarded their personal interests.
  2. School in other countries was commonly reported as being more rigorous, and although their may have been less homework or assignments, students were challenged more regularly in their classes.
  3. A major point of interest was how exchange students noticed that sports in American high schools are often given a major priority, to the point where they are often valued more than academics. In most other countries, sports are treated as a regular hobby.

With these points in mind, how do you think schools in America could be improved?

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