We have a moral imperative to guide our students into academic studies and career tracks that will not only be satisfying but viable in a global economy.
“ We had more sports-exercise majors graduate than electrical-engineering grads last year. If you want to be the massage capital of the world, you’re well on your way” Jeffrey Immelt General Electric Chief Executive U.S. News & World Report, 3-27-06
Advice to our kids from U.S. corporate executives U.S. News & World Report, 3-27-06
<ul><li>“ There are huge populations out there who are motivated beyond your imagination. That’s what you’re going to contend with. They didn’t grow up with what you had, but they want it. And you can’t believe how much studying goes on in those families . </li></ul><ul><li>David Calhoun </li></ul><ul><li>Vice Chairman </li></ul><ul><li>General Electric </li></ul>U.S. News & World Report Interviews
<ul><li>“ Figure out something that you really like. Because you’ll be competing against students in Russia, China, India and the Czech Republic.” </li></ul><ul><li>Craig Barrett </li></ul><ul><li>Chairman, Intel </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ Make sure you are really good, because you are competing against people who are very, very good. Instead of going to Disney World, spend 3 or 4 weeks living with a family in a poorer country.” </li></ul><ul><li>Roy Singham </li></ul><ul><li>CEO, ThoughtWorks </li></ul>
<ul><li>“ The attitudes I see in Estonia, Mexico, Brazil, China, Latvia – they’re hungrier than we are.” </li></ul>Nicholas Donofrio I.B.M.
T.I.M.M.S. 2003 <ul><li>► 7% of </li></ul><ul><li>American </li></ul><ul><li>students in </li></ul><ul><li>4 th /8 th grade </li></ul><ul><li>scored at </li></ul><ul><li>advanced </li></ul>► 38% of 4th grade and 44% of 8th grade student in Singapore scored at advanced Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study
NAEP Science 2005 USA Results <ul><li>% of 4th graders at proficient or advanced was flat </li></ul>% of 8th/12th graders at proficient or advanced fell since 1996 National Assessment of Educational Progress
The Education Gap at the Bottom National Assessment of Educational Progress ■ Reading Literacy for 15 yr. olds in the U.S. is barely above average for Western countries ■ U.S. 8 th graders rank 9 th worldwide in science ■ U.S. 8 th graders rank 15 th in math behind Estonia, Hungary and Malaysia
“ 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
“ I have never met the guy who doesn’t know how to multiply who created software . . .you need to understand things in order to invent beyond them.” Bill Gates American educators claim that our system stresses creativity, not rote learning like Asian countries.
Redefining Rigor “ Results that Matter: 21 st Century Skills and High School Reform” Council of Chief State School Officers Partnership for 21 st Century Skills 21 ST CENTURY CONTENT LEARNING & THINKING SKILLS INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY LITERACY LIFE SKILLS CORE SUBJECTS
How would we prepare our kids for an Olympic Contest in Knowledge and Skills?
There is a growing skills gap. More than 80% of manufacturers say they are having trouble finding qualified employees. Sixty percent of manufacturers typically reject half of all applicants as unqualified because of the lack of basic skill. Moreover, entry-level skills in manufacturing have become more sophisticated, requiring more education and training to get to the first rung.
High School Graduates Need Similar Math, Reading Skills Whether Entering College or Workforce Training Programs May 8, 2006 IOWA CITY, Iowa—High school students who plan to enter workforce training programs after they graduate need academic skills similar to those needed by students planning to enter college, according to a new study conducted by ACT. The findings suggest that the math and reading skills needed to be ready for success in workforce training programs are comparable to those needed for success in the first year of college.