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    More Stats Point to the Same Truth

    I was recently contacted by a man named David Cary who described his education vision, NewERA. You can check out his ideas here: www.neweraschools.com

    I was struck by the statistics he cites below:

    • America is now 16th in the world academically 

    • One third of high school students drop out 

    • One half of high school graduates are not college-ready 

    • By 12th grade, the average black and Hispanic student is four years behind 

    • Children are now exposed to one stimulus every seven seconds 

    • Every parent works in 75–90 percent of households 

    • Children average six hours of electronics (TV, video games, internet) per day 

    • 25 percent of children are inactive and obese 

    • 80 percent of jobs in growing fields require a college-ready skill set 

    • College graduates earn $1 million more in their lifetime 

    These stats point to the impossible-to-ignore reality that our education system needs to be fixed and fast and that it pays literally and figuratively to get a good education. 

    Lastly, I liked this quote David Cary included in his vision document: 

    “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.” Bruce Lee

    It’s time for American K-12 education to get beyond its plateau and make upward progress. 

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