Here's Bob's breakdown of the reading literacy scores, accounting for race:
Average score, reading literacy, PISA, 2009:I see this and I feel both vindicated as a teacher and incredibly saddened at the same time. When are we going to get serious about giving everyone in this country a chance to succeed? When are we going to stop pretending that charter schools and vouchers will have any effect on the massive income inequity and racial discrimination that has kept generation after generation of kids from realizing their potentials?
[United States, Asian students 541]
[United States, white students 525]
New Zealand 521
United States (overall) 500
United Kingdom 494
OECD average 493
Czech Republic 478
Slovak Republic 477
[United States, Hispanic students 466]
[United States, black students 441]
When are we going to stop letting charlatans like Michele Rhee guide our thinking about the future of these precious kids?
When are we going to grow up?