Nine Myths About Public Schools

Gerald Bracey, Nine Myths About Public Schools, September 25, 2009, Huffington Post, available at

There are a number of myths regarding factors affecting high school students’ performance, which in turn affects the economic state of the United States. For instance, one myth is that schools alone can close the achievement gap. However, non-school variables such as family and community play a role in a student’s achievement. Another myth includes money not playing a factor. However, money does affect the levels of achievement obtained. Other myths include the United States losing its competitive edge, as well as having a shortage of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers; test scores relating to economic competitiveness; and merit pay for teachers would improve performance.

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