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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