What Does the PISA Report Tell Us About U.S. Education?

45 thoughts on “What Does the PISA Report Tell Us About U.S. Education?

  1. Singapore only recruits from the top 1/3 of graduates who go through a series of tests before the final lot is selected. They spend 20% of their budget on education and understand that teachers are the key to successful education system.

  2. What is the point when there are not enough jobs for the kids and less when AI robots take over 70% of the other jobs within the net 30 years.

  3. Its simple parents need to make education their childrens prime focus while growing up, and kids must start at age 3 like the rest of the world

  4. As a parent with kids in a public school system, this is certainly concerning to me and looks like I will need to look into this.

  5. PISA math is more a function of median IQ than GDP per capita or education expenditure.

    PISA Math results for 2015:

    499 – US Whites
    446 – US Hispanics
    419 – US Blacks

  6. Teqchers unions enforce a seniority rule that bases teacher salaries on time served as a teacher. The quality of the teachers does not figure into their compensation. Also, the scarcity of a teaching skill (e.g. math teaching) is not compensated in a way that is competitive with what people with this skill can earn in the private sector. Remember, only seniority counts. This is why we do not have enough high quality STEM teachers.

    There are many other untruths in this video but, the problem with teachers unions is one I have had personal experience with.

  7. I did not get the impression that the author is saying that everything is okay with U.S. public school education. I did get the impression that we need to invest in early childhood education, have higher teacher to student ratios for disadvantaged students, and address how our gross SES disparity impacts overall U.S. PISA scores.

  8. Actually the US just need to do an overhaul of its primary and secondary schools/college education. Its universities are still one of the best in the world. And they should do something to this education system right now. I heard the Finland model is not bad. Maybe US should learn from them. Let go of your pride!

  9. Get to the point, American's are getting dumber. You can't beat around the bush and bend the truth. Watch any of the "Some Americans are dumb, and proud of it" series, and then tell me that American's are smart.

  10. I don't believe a word of this liberal nonsense. We spend way more than any other country on education, yet we get totally unacceptable results for our money. Public schools are failing.

    American kids should NOT be lagging behind anyone in math and science.

    Here are the reforms that need to happen: 1.) Extend the school year to include the summer. Kids should go year-round 2.) Extend the school day to a normal 8:00 am to 5:00 pm schedule 3.) Hold back 25% of the class every year. Life is a competition. The sooner kids learn that, the better. No more "passing with a D" 4.) Give the most resources to the schools that are performing the best. No more propping up failing schools. 5.) Fire every teacher and principle, and close every school in the bottom 10% every year. 6.) Give teachers better pay and benefits, but abolish teachers unions.

  11. unions. and promoting being stupid. and no teachers that want to teach. dead poets society is the ipitamy of where we go wrong

  12. because of american degradation, no system will help 'em, those final tests in us is similar to what i was tested at age of 13-14

  13. For the past 2000, 2003, 2009 & 2012 results of PISA ranking in Reading, Science & Math, it look like the American is got off on the Reading category but on both Science and Math, they are below average.

    Just saying what if PISA test include another subject, the ' Cussing '. I bet no any countries can come close to US's scoring…. no doubt about it.

  14. The way we write words not what we think they are… asians are going to start (as are showing now) to seem way more educated the reason being … you cant see words when are wrote with lines and curves meaning must be changed to heiroglyphs ;b so english , spanish and so on all must converted … english is dominate maybe as far as them languages go … and Roman numeral are also even though not use now The way should write numbers … korean , japanese , chinese so on or simular in style … remember when writing a language this is your GENES meaning if were to be conqured would disappear … not saying anyone can just decide to do this … must show can handle yourselves right? as far as why we can read them now is because im guessing this a fusion process that not everybody needs but happened to everyone … you can see those character wrote YOU CANT NOT READ THEM … trust me you just think you did … this is why nobody understands YES OR NO get it and so on …. they dont understand anything just doing things 🙂

  15. No improvement is unacceptable.
    Real Progress??? Do tell…child poverty? overall pverty? Corellate
    Money not the solution, except with helping poverty
    Low rates of preschool.
    Overpaid? 50 percent quit in the first 5 years. We spend the most and get paid the least? WOW.
    Teachers Unions! actually the strongest nations have unions.
    Right things include: what the top countries are doing.
    1)Test that help teachers
    2)Unions as partners

  16. Solution is "homeschooling" and "ONLINE schools".
    I don't believe the bla-bla of this video!
    If children want to learn they will be given a chance to do so with online schools or homeschooling; too often, the classic schools are just an excuse for violence!!!!

  17. A 15-state study of charter schools found rampant mismanagement, waste, and fraud. Further, various studies find that when demographics are matched, charters tend to do no better or worse than public schools. One book examining research on charters and vouchers is Ravitch's, "Reign of Error." Poverty is one of the greatest problems our schools face today. Neurological studies have found that poverty affects children's brains and their ability to think and retain.

  18. And a big problems through this results is that the countries (e.g. Germany) change their education system every  one or two years. Since I am in school, things changed every year.

  19. Please- spare me the smoochy music and overly elaborate animations. This video feels more like an advertisement than anything. 

  20. I've read the PISA report, and it actually clearly indicates that poverty ISN'T a major factor in education. Norway has significantly less childhood poverty than America, yet it performs just as poorly. And why is it that Poland's poorest kids outscore our poorest kids when Poland's poor are a lot worse off than American poor?

  21. It might be possible to offset the effect of poverty using online resources that can be high quality but relatively lower in cost than most other options.  Take a look at what we're doing at testbankprep. 

  22. The poverty is the source of all evil. Have you watch the movie,  "Blind Side"? I think that was the title. The true story of a professional football player,  Micheal Oher. He was tossed around from one foster home to another. No need to explain his grade in school, right? With his adapted parents effort, hiring the tutor, his grade improved and he was able to enrolled in college.

  23. Let's not rule out the fact of the dumbing down of the education system since the late 1800s, in the USA.

  24. This is why I give up having a nice house and new cars and time with my husband.  He works his rear off so that I can stay home and school my children and not have to worry about what the &%$#@%[email protected]& public schools in the country are up to. I understand that not everyone can do this, but I believe that people put more effort in to getting more/better "stuff" than they do in their children.  They let the government raise their children and instill it's ideals in them rather than raise their own children and instill their ideals.

  25. How about this idea?  If children are living in poverty, then perhaps their parents are very bright, or motivated.  If the parents had a higher IQ, or were motivated, then their children, and they, would not be living in poverty (taking drugs, alcohol, mental illness, major medical problem, etc. out of the mix).  So, perhaps those children are not outstanding students because of an inherited intelligence quotient. I'm sure I've read somewhere that many countries where the students excel if they are not strong academic candidates the students are put into vocational programs.  Therefore, we are not comparing apples to apples.  Our apples are mixed with other fruits, some cherries and some figs; where other countries are only allowing the cherries to follow academic programs.

  26. US already spends the most per student in the world. The reforms suggested are at additional cost. There is no end to spending for some people. The sad thing is that poor children are being failed, to perpetuate a failed system. Educational vouchers would invigorate education in all communities. A $4k voucher (rather than 12k currently) would be enough to give parents real choice and save tax payers greatly.
     http://www.cbsnews.com/news/us-education-spending-tops-global-list-study-shows/

  27. And those poverty rates are deliberately confusing.  Does that mean 75% of a child in poverty or 75% of the children in the school are in poverty or they're living a 75% of the poverty rate or 20% or whatever. If the person who did this piece intended to make this clear, they didn't. They made happy noises that basically said, if you give us more money, your kids will get smarter. Marva Collins filled her garage with used textbooks and kids that got kicked out of Chicago public schools and turned them into a small school full of over-achievers. It's not how expensive the books are. It's the quality of the teachers and we reward mediocrity and getting along. So long as we do that, our kids are going to fail and fail and fail again. You can't use cookie cutter methods. Every kid is an individual and good teaching is an art form. Merit pay. Get the unions out of it and reward schools for results and give the parents their choice of schools to send their kids to. Will some schools fail. You bet.  They should. Meanwhile the best schools with the best teachers and the best management will get better and better.

  28. Not one study has shown that kids in "early childhood" education programs like Head Start do any better in school. My wife and I ran a day care center. We focused on socialization and teaching kids how to learn and did things that made them want to learn rather than trying to teach to a head start style "education" curriculum. Then when they got to school they soaked up knowledge like little sponges. Our kids were far and away ahead of kids coming from anywhere else in our school district.  We need to dump the German school system and return to a mentoring style small school multi-grade system. During my last teaching job, I brought my failing kids up three grade levels in one year. The parents were literally praying I'd stay another year and I was fired because even though my kids learned, my classroom didn't look like everyone else's.  THAT is what's killing American schools. The socialist notion that everything has to be the same to be fair.  In my experience in public schools as a kid. My best teachers often were fired or marginalized or just plain discouraged till they quit teaching – especially the ones with any sort of skill at teaching.  The others don't tolerate being shown up.

  29. um, I actually went to high school and I'm telling you right now, the american school system is garbage

  30. Wrong! Unions make it far more difficult to remove employees, even when there's a valid reason to do so (poor performance being a prime example). I know this from personal experience.

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