For the past decade, there has been a heated and ongoing debate about the state of public education in America.
Although few people can concur on exactly how to solve the problem, there is one thing that we can all agree on: our public education system is broken and has been for some time. The statistics speak for themselves:
- 30% of US students drop out of high school.
- 40% of US students are required to take a remedial college course.
- 50% of US college students drop out before getting a degree.
- 66% of US high school HONOR students fall behind in college!
- 70% of US students graduate college without having a job.
- The U.S. ranks 12th among industrialized countries in terms of how many adults have college degrees.
- Education spending per student has doubled since 1971, but reading and math skills have shown no improvement.
- Approximately 7,000 kids drop out of school in the US every day.
- The unemployment rate of high school graduates is three and a half times that of college graduates.
- Americans with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree earn approximately $18,000 more per year than those without a college degree.