Following is really a more literary kind of the company proposal that I have presented to various chamber of commerce in the Los Angeles area. It’s interesting to notice that unlike academic theory or bureaucratic laced government-run institutions, that which works in real life 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!
Over the past 17 years, the percentage of four-year college and university students who graduate has dipped more than 10 percentage points, despite increases in enrollment, based on 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 means 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 endeavor to reverse the trend. But even of the two-thirds who graduate, the picture doesn’t get any brighter. Based on a 2007 survey, nearly 90% desired to attend and graduate college. Unfortunately, almost all never did. SSC Result 2020 Even of the existing 28% of the people with bachelor’s degrees, within five to a decade 70% will not be in work related to their major.
So what’s happening? Are our kids, our future not having the help, education, achievement they require or have been promised?
Nevertheless the plot thickens. Although learning seems to be happening, there is a disconnect somewhere in the system: “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 discovered that nearly four out of five remedial students had a senior school GPA of 3.0 or higher.”
So why aren’t they learning? Or is there this type of large discrepancy between senior school and college education that the problem is closing the gap (we involve some of the greatest colleges and universities on the planet yet a few of the worst performing schools)? Or can it be grade inflation or students being pushed through the system just so high schools, even community colleges, can obtain funding? Regarding grades, in college there is the same problem to that particular that will be occurring at the senior school level. More and more is being written about 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 be noticeable and must be taken into consideration; in this, we will have a look at not just the dropouts and failures but the alleged successes. And what we will discover is that we are looking in all the wrong places and asking all the wrong questions (or no questions at all) to make sure an elevated chance at success. But first, let’s look at a couple of more facts to add to our understanding of the entire issue.
Let’s have a look at senior school kids first. Why are so many dropping out? Based on 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 due to a requirement for “classes which can be more interesting and provide opportunities for real-world leaning.” Unfortunately, much too often children are taught out of context with little connection made between what’s being learned in school to that particular of the actual world. Achievers realize that without specific understanding of outcomes, what they’re or why they even exist, lack of motivation and focus arises negatively affecting achievement.
But there’s more to the drop out picture. More and more households are increasingly being run by a single parent-because of divorce sometimes spending money on two households-who needs help from their wage-earning children just to pay the bills. Then there’s the minimum wage issue that places wages excessive for many companies (especially small business which can be in the majority) who can’t afford it, so they really cut jobs. It has been the main reason students drop out of senior school; they can’t locate a part-time job since there are fewer of them, so they really get a full-time job to help mom or dad pay the bills.