Washington, Mar 19: US President, Barack Obama urged to raise the standards of education if American kids have to compete with Indian and Chinese kids. "It can't just be a single high-stakes standardised test -- but we do need to have strong, powerful measures of performance, because schools are like anything else," Obama said.
He also said that American kids will be mediocre at a time when Indian and Chinese kids are already in schools (a month earlier than US kids).
He said that this is not the job of teachers alone and parents too have an important role to play in this regard.
"You can't put the entire burden on a teacher. If you're not making sure your child does their homework, if you're not reading to them, instilling a sense of excellence and a thirst for knowledge in them, then they're not going to do very well, no matter how good your teacher is," he said.