Well, Harp 3339. I would just like to point out if you were being graded as a student in a writing test you have one run on sentence, a misspelled word, and a subject verb agreement problem. You would fail and must not be competent to do your job. So apparently your teachers failed you.
There is a huge problem in comparing United States test scores with other countries. Other countries only educate the top percentile of their students were in America everyone is entitled to a free education. Don't get me wrong, there are bad teachers out there but there are more good ones who are getting tired of hearing that they are the problem. Oh, and the comment Gov. Haslam made about other "professionals" like doctors and lawyers laughing at the thought of tenure. Well, doctors and lawyers get paid if their clients win or lose or the patient dies. Teachers lose their job based on the test scores of kids, but even putting that aside. I'm sure if you took a poll teachers would gladly give up tenure and unions and their 35,000 a year salary for 100,000 like other professionals