A new exam given to 15-year-olds around the world found American students scores were average in science and reading and below average in math. What's also troubling is America saw little or no gains in the last decade while other countries raced ahead. Anderson discussed what all of this means with Fareed Zakaria, host of Fareed Zakaria GPS and Amanda Ripley, author of "The Smartest Kids in the World–and How They Got That Way."
A new study finds American adults are lagging behind other countries when it comes to basic skills like reading and math. The Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies tested about 166,000 people in more than 20 countries, and Americans scored below average. What does this say about the U.S. education system? What does that say about America's ability to compete in the world? Amanda Ripley, author of the book 'The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way,' joins the AC360 Later panel.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor returns to her grade school in the Bronx, which is scheduled to close.
She credits Blessed Sacrament School with giving her a strong foundation for success, despite the limited opportunities that many children have in underprivileged communities.
Anderson Cooper walked the hallways with Sotomayor to find out why the Catholic school was such a critical part of her personal journey, and why it's being shut down with more than 20 other similar schools. She told him that she wouldn't be where she is today if it weren't for the educational institution she attended thanks to her mother's hard work to earn tuition.
Tonight in an AC360° exclusive interview, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks with Anderson Cooper about something close to her heart - her old school up in the Bronx, here in New York.
Chances are you haven’t heard of Blessed Sacrament School, but it’s one of 24 schools closing across the Archdiocese due to financial pressures, leaving plenty of students, parents and graduates upset.
That includes Justice Sotomayor, Blessed Sacrament’s valedictorian of the Class of 1968. She grew up in the area in the housing projects that now bear her name. She came back home today to help lift the spirits of Blessed Heart’s students and staff.
Sotomayor believes she wouldn't be where she is today without the school. She tells Anderson that parents, especially from immigrant families, rely on educational institutions like Blessed Sacrament to give underprivileged children opportunities to rise above their socioeconomic status.
Gary Tuchman reports on a sixth grade teacher in Minnesota who is accused of putting black and special needs students in the back of his classroom. Timothy Olmsted was placed on leave this past January, and then resigned two months later. But, he's still getting paid.
"He separated me from the white kids and sent me to the other side of the room where all the black kids were," a 12-year-old girl said. Black students told their parents and grandparents that Olmsted repeatedly called them "stupid, sloppy, and disgusting."
Laura Rebell Gross believes the presidential candidates need to support education initiatives and instill confidence in students. Her profile is part of AC360's series "What Keeps You Up at Night," which focuses on election issues.
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