I have been a Teacher since 2000. In that time I have seen in Florida a steady decline in test scores. In Florida we have the FCAT. A test that children grades 3-12 must take and pass to be able to proceed to another grade. It's a standardized test and our kids are just not passing it. The reading, writing, and math scores are atrocious.
We have given the world a generation of idiots and I'm not proud of it. We continue to try and implement new ways to teach and learn, and we are failing. Modern education sucks. I went to a private school run by the Catholic church in the 1960's and 70's. It took us two weeks to learn our times tables in second grade. Now they work on it all year in the 3rd grade and they still don't get it.
What, do we need to bring back the yard stick that the nuns used to whack us with if we got the answer wrong? Nope, can't do that, it would get parents in an uproar. We must find an answer soon. We can't afford to have so many drop outs and teen pregnancy's. Sadly, these children don't care since they see they can have kids and get support from our government. Hey maybe our problem is not with the teachers or the students, it's with the screwed up parents who blame everybody except themselves. Man do I miss the old days.