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