Japanese students learn to do complex calculations quickly without the need for paper or calculators. American students in contrast are flying kites and trying to feel good about themselves.
Students aren't taught, and don't begin to understand, why they should become highly skilled in complex math and science concepts. Or why they need to understand the real history of liberty and accomplishment in America. Or why they should prepare themselves with real skills to make a contribution in the real world.
The list of important deficiencies in our education system is long.
How can we fix American education?
And, on a more personal level as Patriotic Moms, how can we make sure our children receive an excellent education in the things that will matter most for them? How can we prepare them for the days in which they live?
The quality of our lives, in many ways, is determined by the quality of the questions we ask and the answers we seek.
In our work as Moms, few questions rival these in importance --
What will be the life's work of my children?
How can I help them prepare for their life's work?
What does a quality education consist of for my children?
Here's a thought-provoking perspective from a Chinese mother:
Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior