Friday, December 15, 2006

The Blog | Gerald Bracey: Things Fall Apart: No Child Left Behind Self-Destructs | The Huffington Post

"These standardized tests do not and could never measure the creative and innovative brain of the american student, our secret weapon.
But others around the world recognize it, including Sim Wong Hoo, founder and CEO of Singapore-based Creative Technology (Singapore has those top test scores that NCLB chomps at the bit to achieve, check out TIMSS) when asked by Newsweek about the advantages to having his business located in Singapore, he answered, 'the advantage is we come from a very conscientious culture. You tell our people what to do, they'll follow the rules, they'll do it. The downside is they are not as creative. We fixed that by having a U.S.-based R&D team that's doing more advanced research.'

The United States is responsible for most of the creative technological advances we have seen last week, last year and the past 40 years (like the core innovations that spurred on the global digital revolution). Foreign brains in the US you say?? according to the US Department of Labor in 2004 only 9% of the professions related to science and technology were foreign-born. It shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that China is working toward a school system with more choices and flexibilty for its students, just like we have had since the 60's, please stop talking about the broken education system here."

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