Ed Rendell

December 28, 2010 by  

Ed Rendell, The strangest of circumstances are most provocative observations on the state of our country and issues of particular importance to the professionals. Such a circumstance yesterday at Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell commented on, of all things, the decision of the NFL to postpone Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings because of the weather.
We have become a nation of wimps. The Chinese are kicking our foot in it. If this was in China do you think the Chinese have called off the game? People were walking toward the stadium, they walked and they did the math on the way down.
Hyperbole notwithstanding, Rendell has raised a point that should be done. It reminded me of a post earlier this month by my colleague Susan Hall, “Send Test Scores China Education U.S. anxiety in orbit.” The office told the results of an international test for students 15 years from 65 countries known as the Programme for International Student Assessment, where students took to Shanghai for the first time this year. The results? Chinese students have first place in three categories: reading, mathematics and science. Hong Kong, incidentally, ranked No. 3 in mathematics and science, and No. 4 in reading. Students from the United States, meanwhile, were on average: No. 17 in reading, No. 23 in science and mathematics No. 31.

There are high expectations for what the Chinese people of all ages should be able to manage and perform, and student achievement in this country attests. United States, it seems that we have lowered the bar on everything from how long we can withstand a football match in performance that we expect our children in math and science. In fact, many of us have encouraged our youth to give up on math and science altogether because we have forsaken our ability to compete in a global marketplace. Damage. It is time that we humble ourselves enough to try to learn from countries like China that are beyond us not only academic but also economically. China’s GDP is growing much faster than the GDP of the United States and China expected to surpass the United States between 2015 and 2028. Without doubt, there is much they could learn from us and, in areas ranging from human rights to the free flow of information. That’s what makes a global perspective so critical and why globalization should be adopted rather than feared. Rendell has nailed. It is time to stop being such wimps.

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