America's Report Card sets itself the task of educating Americans about the status of its children, and in this respect it is a wake up call. But the report limits itself to the policy recommendation of "we must do better by our children." I'd like to connect dots and draw lessons.
Perhaps we reap what we sow. If we assume that children are a "problem" to be solved (to be controlled or crammed full of knowledge or taught how to behave), are we creating a self-fulfilling prophecy?
There are many things American schools need. More early academic emphasis is not one of them. In fact, early academic emphasis is one of the root causes of the intractable achievement "problems" in public schools.