A new federal study revealed that students feels school is way too easy.
The Center for American Process evaluated three years’ worth of annual surveys from the Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress.
Researchers found that:
•37% of fourth-graders say their math work is "often" or "always" too easy;
•57% of eighth-graders say their history work is "often" or "always" too easy;
•39% of 12th-graders say they rarely write about what they read in class.
Ulrich Boser, a fellow at the center, believes that the findings challenge the “pressure-cooker” image of school given in documentary films such as Race to Nowhere. Although some children have that type of academic experience, Boser suggests that "the broad swath of American students are not as engaged as much in their schoolwork."
Robert Condiscio of the Core Knowledge Foundation, a non-profit organization promoting rigorous curriculums, believes that the “pressure-cooker” environment applies to a "small, rarefied set" of high school students. He feels that the notion of "every American kid is going home with a backpack loaded with 70 pounds of books — that's not happening."
The analysis suggests that many students are not being challenged enough academically. The report found that only one in five eight-graders read more than 20 pages a day in school or for homework. Many students admitted that they read much less than that.