At the core of our democracy is a strong and vital economy. We are faced with revolutionizing the way we organize and deliver education in radical ways that represent major departures from the past.
Because now more than ever, our democracy needs us to produce highly educated citizens who can compete and contribute to a rapidly changing global economy. To accomplish this, we must shed ourselves of outdated practices that lock us into the past.
Sources: National Center for Education Statistics T.I.M.S.S. Boston College Country Days of School China 251 Korea 225 Japan 223 Taiwan 222 Israel 215 Switzerland 207 Italy 210 Russia 195 England 190 Canada 188 USA 180 International Average 193
“ America’s democracy and economic security have been driven by creativity and determination, and our education system has helped us pave the way. The hours spent in school during the K-12 years are more than just moments in time. They are the basis for future success and better lives than those of our parents. They are the building blocks for the society of tomorrow and the promise of a democracy stronger than the one we have today.” Elena Rocha Center for American Progress
“ Although there has been measurable progress in recent years in reading ability at the elementary school level, all progress appears to halt as children enter their teenage years.” Dana Gioia, Chairman National Endowment for the Arts To Read or Not to Read: A Question of National Consequence
“ A conservative estimate of the cost of remediation in public college exceeds $2 billion. Nearly four out of five remedial students had a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher.” Diploma to Nowhere
James Amos – Alliance for Excellent Education Dropouts, Diplomas, and Dollars: U.S. High Schools and the Nation’s Economy “ Over the course of a lifetime, a college graduate will earn, on average, $1 million more than a high school dropout. Dropping out is literally a million-dollar mistake.”
Why do American high school students leave without a diploma? ■ 47% said classes weren’t interesting ■ 69% said they were not motivated ■ 88% had passing grades The Silent Epidemic: Perspectives on High School Dropouts
How would we prepare our kids for an Olympic Contest in Knowledge and Skills?