Arizona Students Deserve a World-Class Educationby tcguestblogger on Aug. 02, 2012, under Uncategorized
Response to the Center for American Progress Report “Do Schools Challenge Our Students?”
By Pearl Chang Esau,
President/CEO, Expect More Arizona
If students are to be ready for their future they must be challenged with rigorous academic standards and world-class achievement that prepares them to compete with their peers around the world. While recent initiatives such as Common Core Standards have raised the expectations for students, a recent study from the Center for American Progress entitled “Do Schools Challenge Our Students?” used national survey data to clearly demonstrate that many students feel that they aren’t challenged and their school work is “too easy.”
The data is startling:
- More than a third of high-school seniors report that they hardly ever write about what they read in class.
- An estimated 37 percent of fourth-graders say that their math work is too easy.
- Almost a third of eighth-grade students report reading fewer than five pages per day either in school or for homework.
- And, in a world where the jobs of the future are in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math, 72 percent of eighth-graders say they aren’t being taught engineering and technology at all.
One of the most compelling things about this study is the fact that the students themselves recognize that they aren’t being challenged. The students themselves realize that their potential is not being maximized and that need to be held to a higher standard. It is our responsibility as a community to raise expectations for our student and give them the tools and resources they need to be successful.
Expect More Arizona is working to build a statewide movement of Arizonans with the collective public will to ensure world-class education, birth-career, for all students. It is time for us to raise expectations for academic achievement and challenge our students to expect more of themselves. Students will meet the expectations that we set for them and raising the bar on academic achievement is the responsibility of parents, teachers, students, community leaders and elected leaders.
Every Arizona student deserves a world-class education that recognizes their potential and challenges them to meet the highest of expectations. By building a world-class education system in our state, we are preparing our students to thrive in college, career and life.
Pearl Chang Esau is the President and CEO of Expect More Arizona, a high expectations movement dedicated to making Arizona education the best in the nation. Expect More Arizona is committed to ensuring Arizona students are prepared to thrive in college, career and life