Following is a more literary form of the business proposal that I have presented to various chamber of commerce in the Los Angeles area. It’s interesting to note that unlike academic theory or bureaucratic laced government-run institutions, that which works in actuality works virtually ignoring criticism or conjecture. Yes, Mr. Forbes, capitalism may not just save us but education as well. Here’s to the innovative, problem solving, get’er done spirit of the entrepreneur. Peace!
In the last 17 years, the percentage of four-year college and university students who graduate has dipped over 10 percentage points, despite increases in enrollment, according to the Council for Aid to Education and the National Governors Association. About 42 percent of students entering four-year colleges or universities graduate (Al Branch, CBS Business Network).
But there’s more. And it gets worse.
Every 26 seconds another student drops out of public senior school which equals nearly one-third of public high school students dropping out. It’s so bad that Colon Powell and his wife are heading a national movement in an attempt to reverse the trend. But even of these two-thirds who graduate, the picture doesn’t get any brighter. In accordance with a 2007 survey, nearly 90% wished to attend and graduate college. Unfortunately, almost all never did. SSC Result Even of the current 28% of the population with bachelor’s degrees, within five to a decade 70% will no longer be working in work related for their major.
So what’s happening? Are our kids, our future not getting the help, education, achievement they need or have now been promised?
But the plot thickens. Although learning is apparently happening, there is a disconnect somewhere in the device: “A sizable [number of remedial students entering college] are recent graduates who performed well in senior school: A 2008 study by the nonprofit Strong American School found that nearly four out of five remedial students had a senior school GPA of 3.0 or higher.”
Why aren’t they learning? Or will there be this type of large discrepancy between senior school and college education that the problem is closing the gap (we involve some of the best colleges and universities on earth yet some of the worst performing schools)? Or is it grade inflation or students being pushed through the device just so high schools, even community colleges, can obtain funding? Regarding grades, in college there is a similar problem to that particular which will be occurring at the senior school level. More and more has been discussing students not learning, even those achieving good grades (As and Bs). So what’s going on?
What’s happening is complex but there are numerous major factors that stand out and must be taken into consideration; in doing so, we shall take a look at not just the dropouts and failures however the alleged successes. And what we shall discover is that people are looking in every the incorrect places and asking all the incorrect questions (or no questions at all) to ensure an elevated chance at success. But first, let’s look at a few more facts to enhance our understanding of the overall issue.
Let’s take a look at senior school kids first. Why are so many dropping out? In accordance with a report titled The Silent Epidemic by John Bridgeland (CEO of Civic Enterprise, a publicity group that lead a 2008 national dropout summit), 80% of students surveyed said they dropped out as a result of an importance of “classes which are more interesting and provide opportunities for real-world leaning.” Unfortunately, far too often students are taught out of context with little connection made between what’s being learned in school to that particular of the real world. Achievers realize that without specific understanding of outcomes, what they are or why they even exist, not enough motivation and focus arises negatively affecting achievement.
But there’s more to the drop out picture. More and more households are increasingly being run with a single parent-because of divorce sometimes paying for two households-who needs help from their wage-earning children just to pay for the bills. Then there’s the minimum wage issue that places wages excessive for a few companies (especially small business which are in the majority) who can’t afford it, so they cut jobs. This has been area of the reason students drop out of senior school; they can’t locate a part-time job because there are fewer of these, so they obtain a full-time job to help mom or dad pay the bills.