Does an A in school become an A in life?

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Very often we get a comment like this: "My kid is getting strait As in school. He or she is doing all the work that is required of them. We are not sure what else to give. We really think that our kid is prepared for college and life."

Our question back is: "If our kids are getting everything they need in school, why do we have the statistics like that?"

Today we are just raising a question...

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Attrition Rates

According to the Education Policy Institute, just 43 of 1,669 U.S. universities and colleges have attrition rates of 10% or less. Among them are Ivy League schools like Harvard and Princeton, and name-brand schools like Stanford and MIT.

A total of 266 of 1,669 U.S. universities and colleges have attrition rates between 11% and 30%.

At the majority of U.S. colleges, the attrition rate tops 50%. In other words, most of their students fail to graduate.

College Readiness

According to the College Board,  58% of SAT test takers do not meet SAT College and Career Readiness Benchmark. This is a measurement of readiness to take college entry, credit bearing courses without remediation.

Score Against International Peers

In its most recent study, the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) found that among 15-year-olds in 34 developed countries, American students ranked 26th in math and 21st in science. Meanwhile, Asian Pacific and European countries made up the entire Top 10.

 

 

A note from the founder

I grew up in an education system quite different from that of the U.S. And when my oldest daughter first went to school in America, I found that what she studied paled in comparison to what I had learned at her age, and to what children of my friends internationally were learning. 

I love America, and believe it is the world’s most innovative nation. But we can’t be blinded by past successes. Kids in other countries are routinely learning more and working harder. They are getting better at critical thinking and problem-solving. Over and over, statistics reveal that as compared to their peers in Asia and Europe, our kids are underperforming — especially in math and science. Labor experts continue to warn that our children are falling behind in the global economy.

Change happens slowly in our education system. And yet, our children can’t wait. I don’t want my kids, or yours, to earn a 4.0 within a C-level curriculum and believe that’s good enough. I don’t want them to find out the hard way that even with AP and IB experience, they will lag behind college classmates from Asia and Europe. I don’t want them to leave the major of their choice, as up to 50% of American college students do, because they can’t keep up.

I want our children to be the best they can be. And I believe that together, we can help them get there.

Maria Feekes