Essays in Education


The present article is an overview of current academic expectations in the U.S. education system. It starts with a brief introduction highlighting the importance of expectations in education. Then, the current, undesirable situation of the U.S. education system is illustrated through international comparisons of student achievement and academic expectations followed by a discussion of how well schools in the U.S. prepare students for the future in the face of a highly competitive global workforce. The paper proceeds with its central argument, presenting evidence from all levels of the education ladder, that low expectations play a crucial role in the overall low student achievement. Given the pervasiveness of low expectations, the article concludes with original recommendations that will help create a pool of high but realistic academic standards and expectations for all levels and populations in the education system.

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