Be Proud, Texas, a grassroots campaign to raise awareness about the achievements of Texas public schools, released a video that illustrates “the whole truth about international student achievement comparisons when nations are equalized for child poverty.” The video can be viewed below.
Among the stakeholders in Be Proud, Texas campaign is Michael Marder, associate dean for science and mathematics education in the College of Natural Sciences at The University of Texas in Austin. He is also co-director of UTeach and a professor of physics.
Says Marder: “I’m participating in the campaign because I’m concerned that the public has the mistaken impression that public schools are poor in quality and have been getting worse. By measure after measure, public schools in Texas and across the nation have been responding to the challenges facing them and getting better. The progress is uneven. Much more improvement is called for in high school, and to improve the education of low-income kids. Yet overall, Texas should be proud at how far the public schools have come and should know that they will be the allies of students and their families for future improvement.”