for a Short Semester
(Letter from The Cigar
, URI student
newspaper, December 4, 1987). Some years ago, a semester at URI meant about
75 days of classes. But semesters have been shrinking.
Test Makes Sense
June 14, 1989).
If 13 year olds from the United States take the same mathematics and
science test as 13 year olds from England, Ireland, Spain, South Korea
and four Canadian provinces, guess who comes in last?
of Teachers is a Necessity
(The Westerly Sun,
May 16, 1991). The headlines are familiar: "U.S. flunks out in
geography test." "Undergrads lack basic skills." "A rising tide of
mediocrity." "U.S. students finish at bottom in math, science."
Not Afraid to Tell Students Bad Work is Unacceptable
(Letter from the Westerly Sun, Oct. 20, 1991). The "high failure
rate" at Westerly High School (The Sun, Oct. 11) may just be an indication
that teachers are taking their responsibilities seriously.
Learning Still Matters to you
September 6, 1996). In 1983 a presidential
commission warned of "a rising tide of mediocrity" in American
education. That report and other warnings about the crisis in education
prompted bold talk of U.S. students becoming number one in science and
mathematics by the year 2000.
- The Ultimate
(Editorial from the Providence Journal,
August 11, 1998). We have commented on the appalling results of recent
teacher testing in Massachusetts ("The depressing teacher tests," editorial,
July 16). But things are even worse in Rhode Island, as University of Rhode
Island math professor and congressional candidate Rod Driver reminds us.
As Mr. Driver notes, the required minimum score for teacher certification
in Rhode Island is zero.
- Set Standards
and Maintain Them
(Appearance on WSBE-TV, Channel 36, September
11, 1998). Everything depends on education as far as the future of this
country goes. And we all know what happens when any competition is held
between American students and students from other countries. We come out at
or near the bottom. And this shouldn't be acceptable anymore.