An article in today’s Boston Globe caught my attention. While the best students in Massachusetts seem to do well when compared with other states, they fall behind when compared to other countries.
And see this in The Atlantic Monthly. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2010/12/your-child-left-behind/8310. Thank you, Rick Hanushek and Paul Peterson for this necessary research.
Closing the gap? Hopefully, articles like this one will spur us to act. While wecontinue to focus on closing the achieivement gaps between our struggling students and others in our schools, we are not focusing on the other vital gap–between our best students and the rest of the world. That focus is long overdue. Hopefully, this article will move the agenda to close this key gap. Without closing this second gap, our nation cannot succeed in the new world. Complacency in Massachusetts (the constant mantra….”We’re the best in the nation!”) will not help. It’s time for it to go!