A good education is critical to ensuring a better future for our children, our communities, our country and our world. We are working as part of the movement to create more high-quality educational opportunities for young people.
The correlation between education and quality of life is undeniable. Youth who complete high school and college have greater employment prospects, higher earning potential and are able to contribute more to our communities.
And yet, while graduation rates are on the rise, many school systems and education programs are struggling to successfully prepare the current and future generations of our youth for a competitive global marketplace. Consider these facts:
- An estimated one in four public school children still drop out of high school. There are 1550 high schools nationally where 60% or more of the student body drops out every year. This translates to one student every 26 seconds.
- According to PISA, the standard in international comparative rankings in education, the United States is currently 31st in Math, 23rd in Science and 17th in reading proficiency.
- Less than one-third of Americans hold at least a bachelor’s degree. Only 58% of first-time, full-time students pursuing a 4-year bachelors degree earn that degree in 6 years or less.
- Our nation currently needs many more workers trained in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and that gap continues to grow.