U.S. math and science scores falling behind

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GRAND JUNCTION, CO (KKCO)_A coalition of 110 of the nation’s top CEO’s from companies like Intel, Caterpillar and State Farm are behind the report.

They say the data shows our kids falling far behind other countries, so they’re pushing for higher standards in math, science and technology education.

For the Heaney Family on Spring Break in Washington, DC, the state of the kids’ education isn’t a big worry. Father of three Bill Heaney says, "I see a big improvement from when I went to school.”

But some of the nation’s top CEO's say it should be. Former CEO of Intel Corporation Craig Barrett says, "We're basically lying to parents and their kids- saying that everything is OK when there are data that suggest everything is not OK."

Barrett says he’s joined with corporate leaders joined with corporate leaders from around the country to push for higher education standards, especially in math and science and better training for those teachers. Barrett says, "Today the probability if you're in elementary or high school of getting a math teacher who knows math is only 60 or 70- percent."

Former teacher Camsi Matis-McAdams says, "Those kids don't get another shot at 8th grade math- that's it. That's there one time through."

The National Assessment of Educational Programs recently found only 33 percent of eighth graders are proficient or advanced in math. Chancellor Merryl Tisch, with the New York State Board of Regents, says, "This country will not be competitive in a global economy if we continue to fall behind."

On his town hall tour, President Obama agreed, pushing back against those who want education cuts. Obama says, "How are we not going to invest in making sure our kids have the best skills possible?"

With the budget battle in Washington just getting started, some of the nation’s brightest minds say the war in the classrooms is right now, being lost.

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  • by TLC on Apr 23, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    Just another great reason to homeschool or send the kids to private schools. Once again government school teachers and the unions have proven what a failure they are.
  • by Pierre Location: Grand Junction on Apr 22, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    How much do you want to push the ball against teachers and make sure that no one wants to be a teacher anymore? What about attendance? What about conferences? What about parents and students that are RESPONSABLE? What about enforcing the rules and standards that we have when it comes to performance and attendance? Private schools and charter schools make parents and students sign contracts, with a legal clause. Until we get there un public education, we will lose, and the teachers will lose. We are ont he losing end and going nowhere.
  • by armand Location: Grand Junction on Apr 22, 2011 at 06:18 AM
    I understand the argument that our parents need to hold our children to higher standards. True! But, the education system in general is lacking. So much money is being stripped out of the budget that the public school system is going into shambles. Remember that not everyone has enough money to send their kids to private schools. Capitol Hill says that it has to be done for our country, thats crap if they want America to be last, they sure are acting like it.
  • by Suzie Location: Grand Junction, Colorado on Apr 22, 2011 at 03:44 AM
    I didn't quite understand "Disgusted"'s comments. I agree with Karen. Education is a reflection of our society. Many families' priorities are out-of-whack. We hear that students are lacking. We hear that we have a hunger problem AND an obesity problem all at the same time. Let's get back to self-responsibility and stop the blame. Educators in our country educate EVERY child that walks in the doors of our schools, unlike most of the countries in the world. Each of us is blessed to be living in a democratic country, despite all of our problems.
  • by Karen Location: Fruita on Apr 21, 2011 at 07:12 PM
    "Today the probability if you're in elementary or high school of getting a math teacher who knows math is only 60 or 70- percent." -- are you really going to say that this is because teachers don't know math? Parents don't hold kids to high standards and everyone is blaming teachers instead of looking at what is really wrong with society. It's the way kids are raised (by parents and environment) - constantly looking for excuses and a person to blame. Someone put budget money into fixing that, please
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      by Disgusted on Apr 21, 2011 at 09:21 PM in reply to Karen
      What is wrong with society recently trashed the Wisconsin state capital after being told they would have to pay a percentage of their own healthcare expense like everyone else.
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