We’re still a few years away from C’s first day of class (thank heaven for that says the new mom), but lately it seems the topic on everyone’s mind is our education system and what’s gone wrong – which honestly, has us a bit worried.
Among friends I’ve noticed an increased interest in home schooling and a more desperate tone when it comes to sending their kids off to rather pricey private schools. I’ve heard talk of lotteries and wait lists you need to register for well in advance of your child’s birth. Have things deteriorated so much in our public school system?
With the debut of the documentary Waiting for Superman, NBC has kicked off what they’re calling ‘Education Nation‘ week, a nationally broadcast, in-depth conversation about improving America’s school system. We typically have the Today Show playing in the background while getting ready in the morning, so I couldn’t help but catch these alarming statistics:
- One third of students in this country don’t graduate.
- Another third who get their high school diploma are not college ready.
- Only 35% of 12th graders can read at their grade level.
Maybe I need to recap my recent history, but I don’t remember things ever being that far gone in the U.S. before. What has happened?
Let’s kickoff a discussion of our own. I know many of you are educators, both in the private and public school systems, and I would love to hear your take on this. What should young parents be aware of as they look into the future towards sending their children to school? How are things different in your area? Are things really as bad off as we’re being led to believe and if so, what are some ways we as parents can get involved to help turn things around? I know the bulk of the work has to start at home with parents being advocates for their kids, so how can we be better prepared to make sure their futures are bright?