Is School Too Easy for Kids Nationwide?

Greg Toppo, The Tennessean, July 10, 2012

Millions of kids simply don’t find school very challenging, a new analysis of federal survey data suggests. The report could spark a debate about whether new academic standards being piloted nationwide might make a difference.

The findings, out today from the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank that champions “progressive ideas,” analyze three years of questionnaires from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment of Educational Progress, a national test given each year.

Among the findings:

• 37 percent of fourth-graders say their math work is “often” or “always” too easy.

• 57 percent of eighth-graders say their history work is “often” or “always” too easy.

• 39 percent of 12th-graders say they rarely write about what they read in class.

Ulrich Boser, a senior fellow at the center who co-wrote the report, said the data challenge the “school-as-pressure-cooker” image found in recent movies such as “Race to Nowhere.”

While those kids certainly exist at one end of the academic spectrum, Boser said, “the broad swath of American students are not as engaged as much in their schoolwork.”


The data suggest that many kids simply aren’t pushed academically: Only one in five eighth-graders reads more than 20 pages a day, either in school or for homework. Most report that they read far less.

“It’s fairly safe to say that potentially high-achieving kids are probably not as challenged as they could be or ought to be,” Boser said.


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  • Gee, Center for American Regress.

    Why is school too easy?

    Or, to ask it another way, who made it too easy and for whose benefit?

    Look in the mirror, CAP, to find one of the many guilty parties.

    As for “whose benefit,” think of all that vibrant diversity.

  • Church_of_Jed

    Moving our investments into Diversity education is how they are wiping out White privilege by dumbing down the potential of gifted Whites.   They know what they are doing, and we just sit back and say oh what a shame and it doesn’t make sense.

    We need to recognize voodoo sense and fight against it for the sake of White Humanity’s future.

  • Rocky Bass,

    Try to make a one size fits all school system and this is the result. White students not learning much, not compared to what they learned in the 50’s-60’s and blacks and browns failing even at this retarded level taught now. I remember finding a science book in my Junior high (middle school) library entitled “The Amateur Scientist”, this was an old 60’s book written on a high school level (before the dumbing really took hold). In this book was detailed instructions on building and operating your own atom smasher (linear accelerator) with cloud chamber, X-ray machine and several other items. I loved this book and just about kept it during my time at that school (as a minority I might add).
    What was once everywhere in our schools and could inspire such wonders, has been removed, now you just try and not get shot.

    • The__Bobster

      I read that great book while in grammar school, but by the time I read it, you couldn’t go down to the corner drug store and purchase an x-ray tube for the fluoroscope or 90% hydrogen peroxide for the rocket project.

      • Rocky Bass,

         As I recall the fluoroscope could be made with a number of tubes the primary concern was using one with a magnisium “getter”. Peroxide is easily boiled to reach whatever concentration you desire. I don’t recall the rocket project but peroxide would not be the deal breaker. Besides I don’t think they ever sold 90% over the counter(as it would explode if spilled on anything organic), did they? 

        • The__Bobster

          Oh, it definitely called for 90% H2O2. 😉 I don’t think it would explode if spilled on something organic, but you might get a nice flame. H2O2 is typically sold at 30%, 50% and 70% concentrations.

          Even 70% H2O2 will smoke if spilled on something organic or the ground. If you get 30% or 50% H2O2 on your skin, it feels like water, so you don’t notice it…….until you feel a pain that won’t stop even when you wash the area, which has now been bleached white.

      • Rocky Bass,

         You understand the point I was making though, everything school wise has been dumbed down.

  • Global Minority

    The answer is well YES. It has to be becasue of forced intergration. Even the private schools are getting dumbed down. In math class, the “new” teacher gives the students an automatic 100% on their homework for just doing it! What the hell happened to grading the math problems to see if they got them right or not? Needless to say this new teacher got a but chewing from all parents. He bascially stated that is what the new federal standards are. Really? I looked them up and via the UN are the standards being set for all schools public and private. Something rotten is in Demark! However the up shot is becasue it is a private school the parents won becasue money talks.

  • SentryattheGate

    At PK Yonge, my son and daughter (both with IQ of 145), were unchallenged, and bored, by their education there. Enrichment classes were for those w.IQ of 135+, but since there was only one biracial kid, and minority parents complained, the IQ level was repeatedly lowered, therefore “watering down” the enrichment classes, I have read that typically schools spend 10 times the amount of money on the lower-performing kids as compared to the highest-performing ones. When my son, in third grade, needed some extra help sounding out words, he was told it was not available, Plus the teacher knew that Alex’s dad had died that summer after years of struggle with cancer; no doubt, a trauma for my son, and probably interfering with his learning, despite his high IQ. Yet, when I went to visit that teacher after school, there she was tutoring perhaps a dozen kids, all minority!  

    • El_Magyar

      I take your point, but the tone and tenor of your post is annoying as hell. I wish your extremely gifted kids the best of luck. Even though one has an obvious speech impediment.

      • Giuseppe Verdi

        What in the world do you find “annoying as hell” about Sentry’s post? Do you find it annoying if anyone mentions having high IQs? If so, then I’d say you’re part of the problem that we are dealing with right now in our educational system. Many minorities and some low-achieving whites hate it when anyone suggests there may be people out there smarter than others. This is the heart of the radical egalitarian ethos, and it is one of the key reasons for the decline of Western civilization.

        I found nothing annoying about Sentry’s post, but I did find yours to be insulting and more typical of a black or hispanic’s attitude.

        That schools spend a great deal of time and money on underachieving students, among whom minorities are wildly overrepresented, while largely ignoring intelligent students is something that should be stressed much more often. Bravo Sentry for pointing out this double standard. And bravo too for not being ashamed of your white children’s intelligence. That’s what the “white guilters” want.

        • LaSantaHermandad

          “I found nothing annoying about Sentry’s post, but I did find yours to be insulting and more typical of a black or hispanic’s attitude.”Based on his moniker El Magyar maybe he’s of Spanish/ Hungarian origin. That reminds me of the class action suit I’m instituting against the government of Hungary for reparations for the atrocities committed against my Italian ancestors by Attila and his hordes.

  • humura

    Because under Bush and Obama and probably some before, the primary objective of public schools is to reduce the racial gap.  I smart kids do better, and if most of them are white, then the racial gap widens, and the government considers this failure.    So long as liberals dominate education, expect further decline.

  • omg, how much you want to bet that was made by a “diversity hire”?

  • I’m so glad people are noticing this trend. I HATED school because I was bored out of my mind. I used to read my textbooks out of sheer boredom. 1/2 way through the school year I had read all my textbooks, then I got really bored. I graduated 14th in my high school class despite never studying, never doing my homework and falling asleep in every class. The educational system is designed for non-whites and as such, does not develop white kids to their full potential.

    • ncpride

      My son’s 4th grade teacher told me that my son used to ‘zone’ out and disengage while she was teaching, and she knew it was because he was bored. She sent him for AG testing, so he ended up taking those classes instead. Thank goodness she did something about it and not let him waste her time AND his.

      I’ve always thought if they would stop treating some of these kids like little dummies, they might be surprised at what they can learn and absorb. Of course, that would only apply to those capable of learning, and sadly, that would exclude much of the classroom in a lot of cities and towns, as the browning of America continues.

  • WhiteGuyInJapan

    If they can’t smarten up the Blacks, they can always dumb down the Whites.  Equality achieved!

    • LaSantaHermandad

      What’s going on in schools is nothing but ” edutainment”.  I used to walk past classrooms every day and most classes were darkened, the only light being the beam from the “presentation cart”. In language classes there were more power points than direct communication between students and the instructor. Half the “presentations’ ending with kids being sound asleep. Hell, you cast them into darkness and have them focus on a single beam of light projecting one image after another and you’ve hypnotized them.
      What’s happened to human interaction where students are expected to be able to pay attention for 40 minutes.
      I read recently where several Universities removed Shakespeare as a requirement for English majors.

  • El_Magyar

    The Great Dumbing Down disguised as the Great Lifting Up. Hogwash. If schools were actually challenging environments that allowed the capable to excel, you would see huge achievement gaps that would just blow the doors off the popular excuses used.

    By making everyone feel “valuable”, we are merely making everyone dumb.

  • Robert11110

    I know exactly what is going on.  Answers are being given out to tests before they are taken.  Anyone who fails retakes it as many times as necessary to get a passing grade.  Teachers assign little or no homework to keep the number of grades down they have to record.  Schools limit the number of classes per semester to under 3 and one of those classes will be PE, band, etc.  With these sorts of low standards, what would you expect?  I think all prospective students should have to take some sort of academic test to determine where they will attend school.  One for gifted, one for average and one for the rest.   

  • anarchyst

    Obtain a set of the “McGuffey Eclectic Readers” to see what was taught in the one-room schoolhouses of the 19th and early 20th centuries . . . most college graduates would have considerable difficulty with the last two books in the set. . .Those who “graduated” from the equivalent of eighth-grade were expected to master the series . . .yes, they are still available from various sources . . .

  • Church_of_Jed

    The White Race is dedicated to equalizing itself with the turdworld. We’re close. Just a little bit more White privilege to “undo,” and we’re there.