In the early grades, U.S. schools value reading-comprehension skills over knowledge. The results are devastating, especially for poor kids.
Tony WagnerHow kids suffer when we teach reading comprehension & critical thinking, and ignore content acquisition. Kids need to learn stuff to stimulate curiosity & intrinsic motivation. @DTWillingham said this for years. Common Core & testing are to blame.
A new report gave only Alabama, Missouri, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia an A for their efforts. There’s a debate on how best to teach the subject.
Tony WagnerOnly 5 states require a semester-long financial literacy course for HS graduation. Should be required of all students, instead of Alg II. If financial literacy were required for college admission, many kids might realize that college may be a bad deal.