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The Current Educational System is Broken Beyond Repair.

As President Obama recently told Congress and the American people,

"In a global economy where the most valuable skill you can sell is your

knowledge, a good education is no longer just a pathway to opportunity -- it is a

prerequisite. Today, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations require

more than a high school diploma. And yet, just over half of our citizens have that

level of education. We have one of the highest high school dropout rates of any

industrialized nation. And half of the students who begin college never finish.

This is a prescription for economic decline, because we know the countries that

out-teach us today will out-compete us tomorrow.”

The American education system was initially designed for an agrarian economy and

modified slightly to support a manufacturing economy. It does a very poor job of

preparing students for a global, information-rich economy. 

In November of 2009, John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc., completed

a meeting of the Wall Street Journal CEO council with the following statement.

“Each of us during our tenure as CEOs has sat in an "education-is-your-top-

priority" type of discussion every year. And each year, you walk out a little bit

frustrated. You say the timing's not right, we're not really serious about it, etc.

But as we went through the discussion today, it was a unanimous vote that it

needs to be the top national priority—way above the economy, health care,

energy or the environment.”

In 1983, the Nation at Risk report came out and captured everyone’s attention

with the statement, “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on

America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well

have viewed it as an act of war."

Since that time, countless foundations, commissions and agencies have spent

millions of dollars studying and trying to fix the system. The usual approach was

to reform one element of the system at a time. This model has been repeated so

many times that the whole is no longer a functioning system.  Recent studies have

come to the conclusion that the system is broken beyond repair and recommended

that what is needed is not elemental reforms but systemic transformation.

Today’s education systems are so badly unsuited for

today’s and tomorrow’s requirements that several recent

studies have concluded that it no longer makes sense

to spend more money trying to “fix” the existing system.

A complete transformation is needed. 

- Jack Taub, Emaginos Founder

The Current System