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Need For Change Presentation Revised

  1. 1. 3 out of 10 students will not graduate from High School
  2. 2. 69.2%
  3. 3. Diploma Count  Graduation rates of southern states seem to be hurting while northern states are more successful … sometimes as much as 20% more effective.  What states would you want your child to attend school?
  4. 4. Diploma Count Probably not Texas …
  5. 5.  Texas graduation rate is a mere 65.3% (compared to the Nation 69.2%)  White 75.7%  Females 68.9%  Males 61.7%  Hispanic 56.3%  Black 52.7%  Amer. Indian 51.7%
  6. 6.  Of the 65.3% of Texas graduates, 78% of those students attend college …  And half of the students who begin college never finish. This means that less than 1 in 4 HS students ever attain a bachelor’s degree.
  7. 7.  34% of all US 4th graders & 43% of all US 8th graders scored below basic achievement levels on the US Dept. of Education’s most recent national report card. Adopt National Standards to help Children Compete – Chron.com
  8. 8. Among college Freshman, 30% need remedial Science and Math classes.
  9. 9. Poverty in America  In 2006, nearly 37 million people Americans lived in poverty; 12.8 million were under the age of 18.  Is education the cure for poverty? Dosomething.org
  10. 10. Poverty in America  Children of poor families are up to six times more likely to drop out than wealthy children.  School budgets are tied to property taxes, therefore schools in poor neighborhoods often receive about half as much money per student than schools in affluent neighborhoods. Dosomething.org
  11. 11. EDUCATION is the SOLUTION to POVERTY
  12. 12. But we must be Proactive!  From Poverty to Prosperity: A National Strategy to Cut Poverty in Half By The Center for American Progress Task Force on Poverty  Connect disadvantaged and disconnected youth with school and work.  Simplify and expand Pell Grants.  Make higher education accessible to residents of each state. http://www.americanprogress.org
  13. 13. In a 2007 report, U.S. 15-year-olds ranked 21st among students across 30 developing nations.
  14. 14. Top 20 Countries in Math, Science & Reading Can you find an American Flag??? On the on the Programme for International Student Assessment, from Adopt National Standards to help Children Compete – Chron.com
  15. 15. Old Glory failed to make the top 20 … The study included only 30 countries.
  16. 16. Chinese students spend the equivalent of 5 more years in school than American students
  17. 17. Math Scores - TIMSS 2007 Given to 4th & 8th graders in 58 Countries, Asian students top the TIMSS scores again with the top 5 countries in 8th math being: 1.Tai Pei, China 2.Republic of Korea 3.Singapore 4.Hong Kong SAR 5.Japan (Trends in International Mathematics & Science Study)
  18. 18. “We know that they (American Students) will no longer just compete for good jobs with children from Indiana, but children from India and China and all over the world.” -Barack Obama
  19. 19. WE MUST FOCUS ON BECOMING GLOBALLY COMPETITIVE
  20. 20. “The people who are potentially losing their competitive edge are Americans.” - Robert Keich, Former US Secretary of Labor
  21. 21. “America is the one country in the world that doesn’t recognize that it’s in competition for the great minds and capital of the world” -Tim Draper, Founder, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)
  22. 22. America’s Education System is Desperate …. and we must recognize the huge need for change
  23. 23. “In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity -- it is a prerequisite.” - President Barack Obama

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