School Climate & Safety

Are American Schools Too Easy? (Video)

By Carmen Rojas — April 11, 2017 1 min read

A new survey by the Brookings Institution asked foreign exchange students to assess the academic rigor of their U.S. high schools. What were the results? Most students feel that American classes are easier, and that while sports are emphasized and valued by teenagers, math and foreign languages are not.

This difference in educational priorities might account for the U.S.'s consistant low scores on international tests such as PISA. Back in December, Education Week correspondent Kavitha Cardoza reported on this issue for the PBS NewsHour:


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