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New study shows when it comes to education the US is falling way behind many other leaders of the industrialized world.
Is there anything we can do to change that joining us now Michelle -- founder of students first and advocate I think you so much for joining us today first talk about this Harvard study at what does it say about where we are in the world when it comes to education and were you concerned or surprised.
No unfortunately -- not surprised basically.
You know what we know is that the US is far behind it's it's international counterparts.
We are now 25.
Out of 34 nations.
When it comes to math.
For a fifteen year -- and it's absolutely unacceptable.
Does this study delve into -- dollar -- -- wanna share your own -- insights into what is causing that I mean how do we get to those rankings.
You know I think the tough thing is that when you see really startling statistics like that.
Everyone wants to know what what's wrong what's the one thing that we need to fix and and the challenge and education is that the problems are actually.
Multifaceted and they're pretty complicated and so there's not just one thing that led us to where we are and there's not one thing that's going to be able to fix the situation.
But what we do know is that there are several things that we could do in this country would that would rapidly improve the quality education that our kids are getting.
The first as we can make sure that every child has an incredibly high quality.
And highly effective teacher in their classroom teaching them every single day the second.
Is that we should provide families with more choices and options no family should ever feel like they're trapped in a failing school.
And the last of that we should really look -- how we're spending our dollars we have.
More than doubled almost tripled the amount of money that we are spending -- per child on education.
In this country and yet the results have remained absolutely stagnant and and then on down in some cases.
With those criteria and in issues that you point out things steps that we could take forward what are the biggest barriers to doing those things to happen quality teachers to making sure that parents have choice.
You know -- there.
That -- the biggest barrier is that there are a lot of defenders of the status quo there are a lot of people who want to believe that the schools are just fine and nothing needs to change.
And I think that and it it at the end of the day if you look at it most of -- time systems are run and decisions are made based on.
Adult issues and the politics around it instead of what is in the best interest of children if we took on a a policy agenda in this country where we thought about what it.
What you know are these decisions being made.
Based on what is best for children that we would end up with a wildly different agenda that we were pursuing.
Michelle -- founder of students -- the name says it all thank you so much for your time today.
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