America, we're ok with being 28th in Education

So, in the last year I've switched my main source of income. Being a journalist is the most rewarding experience one can have if you are trying to change and affect the world. However, as of late I've wanted to try to shape people by going at the root of the problem.

In 2010, Broward County had 2,110 seniors retake their reading FCAT. Sadly, only 15 percent of those students passed the test. That's a percent less than the previous year. Furthermore, 862 seniors retook  the math portion of the test, to only have 32 percent pass against 22 percent the previous year.

In Palm Beach County of the 1,308 seniors  who had to retake the reading exam, 13 percent passed, which is 5 percent less than the previous year. When it came to the math section, 32 percent passed against the 22 percent from the previous year.

On a statewide view, 16 percent passed the reading part, while 28 percent passed the math section.

According to a national survey done by the EPE Research Center in 2010, Miami-Dade, which ranks 4th in size, only had 56.9 percent of its seniors graduate in 2007.

Miami-Dade Public Schools currently has 392 schools, 345,000 students. So, 56.9 percent of that is 148,695 students who do not graduate yearly.

In contrast to 2010, where Miami-Dade reported a nearly 78 percent*.
There are some discrepancies as to how the county counts the graduation to drop out percentage. "Florida uses a formula approved by the National Governors Association. It includes students who earned standard high school and special diplomas. But the formula excludes students who earned a GED, who enroll in adult education or who needed more than four years to complete high school."

In a day in age where everyone has a smartphone and internet in their homes. I feel the issues have to do with 3 major components that need to be fixed.

1. Pay that equals the effort. Currently working at a higher institution where I lie every time I sign my time sheet, I've noticed teachers are just underpaid, under appreciated, and underfunded.
According to a the The Economic Value of Higher Teacher Quality, a good teacher who teaches 20 students is worth $400,000 a year, according to a business like production rate. Make the profession a low wage profession and no one will want to be in it. The job will appeal to those who have nothing better to do and to those under qualified.

2. Keep with the times. Nowadays, everything is "techno-logic." Teachers need to use technology in the classrooms to keep students interested. There have been various articles and positive results in classrooms with teachers who have embraced the 21st century. The New York Times has done various articles on this and they have shown that students have embraced it.

3. America has stopped innovating because politicians keep on cutting the educational budget. I hate to get political, but the GOP has it on their mandate to reduce education spending. There's only so much intelligence money can buy. Your child will inherit what your education is able to afford. This could either be a good thing or bad. Teachers, who live their lives as low-end thousandnaires can only do so much with the money that is available to them. More money in education equals better materials, research, professionals/professors, and a brighter future.

Sadly, with all of the qualifications and education needed to be a teacher, it is not really cost effective to be in this profession the way it's going.

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