The United States Is In Need For Change


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This presentation highlights a few of the major reasons why the public school system in the United States needs to change.

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The United States Is In Need For Change

  1. 1. The United States is in Need for CHANGE in EDUCATION
  2. 2. Why Change?
  3. 3. <ul><li>  Texas ranked 39 th in public education in the nation and still lagging behind much of the country </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Daily Texan 2009 </li></ul>
  4. 4. FIRST THINGS FIRST, T ex as !
  5. 5. <ul><li>Texas is dead last in the percentage of residents with their high school diploma </li></ul><ul><li>Near last in SAT scores </li></ul><ul><li>Source: The Texas Education 2008 </li></ul>
  6. 6. What does Texas need to do?
  7. 7. <ul><li>Texas public schools have three goals: </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare students: </li></ul><ul><li>1. for college </li></ul><ul><li>2. the workforce </li></ul><ul><li>3. participation in a democratic society </li></ul><ul><li>The Daily Texan 2009 </li></ul>
  8. 8. What’s the Problem <ul><li>So What’s the Problem??? </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Goals cannot be accomplished with cheap forms of education. </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Texan 2008 </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>More money for schools is a key to success. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>What are other countries doing? </li></ul>
  12. 12. GLOBALLY
  13. 13. <ul><li>Rapidly expanded their educational systems over the last 50 years </li></ul><ul><li>Since 1970s, the education system has declined in U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Our high school graduation rates are lower today than they ever before </li></ul><ul><li>Get Smart- Jim Pinto’s Connection for Growth & Success </li></ul>Europeans and Asians
  14. 14. Nationally at a Glance Source:
  15. 15. <ul><li>China/South Korea vs. United States </li></ul><ul><li>China/South Korea schools graduating engineers in record numbers </li></ul><ul><li>America's U.S. engineering graduates declined by 20 percent between 1985 and 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Epoch Times Toronto Staff </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Less than 40% of U.S. students take a science course more rigorous than general biology </li></ul><ul><li>18% of U.S. students take advanced classes in physics, chemistry or biology </li></ul><ul><li>Only 45% of U.S. students take math coursework beyond two years of algebra and one year of geometry </li></ul><ul><li>50% of all college freshmen require remedial coursework </li></ul><ul><li>Two Million Minutes a Division of Broken Pencil Productions </li></ul>
  17. 17. Americans would be considered advanced if they finished trigonometry in high school Most Japanese are doing trig in the tenth grade, and working their way through basic calculus by the twelfth. Source: sekicho
  18. 18. In 9 more seconds… <ul><li>Every nine seconds in America a student becomes a drop out. </li></ul><ul><li>Whatever It Takes: 12 Communities Reconnecting Out-of-Youth Schools </li></ul>
  19. 19. Why Drop Out? <ul><li>47% said classes were not interesting </li></ul><ul><li>43% missed too many days to catch up </li></ul><ul><li>45% entered high school poorly prepared by their earlier schooling </li></ul><ul><li>69% said they were not motivated to work hard </li></ul><ul><li>35% said they were falling </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright article 2006 Barbara Pytel. All Rights Reserved. </li></ul>
  20. 20. “ If I Drop Out…” <ul><li>unemployed </li></ul><ul><li>in prison </li></ul><ul><li>living in poverty </li></ul><ul><li>receiving government assistance </li></ul><ul><li>less healthy </li></ul><ul><li>divorced </li></ul><ul><li>single parents Copyright article 2006 Barbara Pytel. All Rights Reserved. </li></ul>
  21. 21. …… in the United States <ul><li>Only 2/3 of all students who enter 9 th grade graduate with a regular high school diploma four years later </li></ul><ul><li>Drop outs cost our nation $ 260 billion dollars </li></ul><ul><li>Whatever It Takes: 12 Communities Reconnecting Out-of-Youth Schools </li></ul>
  22. 22. <ul><li>a bachelor's degree earns an average of $51,554 </li></ul><ul><li>a high school diploma earns $28,645 </li></ul><ul><li>a high school dropout earns $ 19,169 </li></ul>
  23. 23. POVERTY What does the research say? <ul><li>In 2007, 18% of all children ages 0–17 lived in poverty, an increase from 17 percent in 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>SOURCE: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey , Annual Social and Economic Supplements. </li></ul>
  24. 24. <ul><li>In 2004 the American government defined poverty as a family of four living with an income below $18,810 </li></ul><ul><li>Copyright 2005 Ofer Shoshani </li></ul>
  25. 25. A total of 13.3 million children, or 1 in 6 of all children in American, live in poverty. Of these children half 5.8 million live in extreme poverty
  26. 26. <ul><li>7out of 10 poor children are in working families where someone works full or part time </li></ul>
  27. 27. Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007 Poverty by Race Poverty Rate Millions in Poverty Hispanic 21.5% 9.9 million African Americans 24.5% 9.2 million White (non-Hispanic) 8.2% 16.0 million Asian Americans 10.2% 1.3 million
  28. 28. <ul><li>According to Balfanz (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>It is often possible to identify as early as sixth grade up to half of the students who lack effective interventions and who will not graduate </li></ul><ul><li>By the time students enter the ninth grade, you can identify about 80% of that population who lack effective interventions and who will not graduate </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Baltimore Education Research Consortium (BERC) </li></ul>
  29. 29. <ul><li>“ We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure that people who have the grades, the desire and the will, but not the money, can still get the best education possible.” </li></ul><ul><li>-President Obama </li></ul>
  30. 30. That Means… <ul><li>Students need more motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Students need teachers who care </li></ul><ul><li>Put your self in the students’ shoe! </li></ul>
  31. 31. <ul><li>Teachers are the single most important resource to a child’s learning. </li></ul><ul><li>-President Obama </li></ul>
  32. 32. Here’s what we can look forward to <ul><li> “ reform America’s public schools to deliver a 21st Century education that will prepare all children for success in the new global workplace.” </li></ul><ul><li>- President Obama </li></ul>
  33. 33. TEACHERS <ul><li>Get ready! </li></ul><ul><li>Get set! </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s create life-long learners with long-term goals </li></ul>