How do we succeed in a competitive global economy if we do not have the best educated workforce in the world? And how can we have that quality workforce if so many of our young people are unable to afford higher education or leave school deeply in debt? Not so many years ago, we had the highest percentage of college graduates in the world. Now we don’t even rank in the top ten. What can we do to make sure that every American, regardless of income, gets all of the education he or she needs?
What do we already have?
Public schools/ private schools (About 46 million students are currently enrolled in the Nation’s public schools in kindergarten through grade 12, and another 6 million are enrolled in private schools)
What is the percentage of children in public school compared to private?
Drop out/ graduation rates?
Equal performance on tests?
Are students who attend public school treated as well as those in public school?
BOCES-like/ technical schools programs (hands on learning opportunities
What is the situation of Elementary education nowadays?
Adult education (college, university, technical school)
How much money does the United States spend on public elementary and secondary schools?
What percent of people don’t go to college because of the prices or are no longer enrolled because of debt?
What did we have before?
1870’s since progressed education enrollment, elementary, attendance, teachers and their salaries, high school graduates, and expenditures
What do other countries have?
Shorter school days and shorter week days, age of enrollment, better academic performance, learning contexts, education expenditures, little or no homework
Why are other countries passing the U.S. in almost every subject? Why are school days shorter?
Who leads the world in having the best education system?
What is the situation of other developed countries regarding elementary education?
What does our education system look like compared to other countries? Better or worse?
How has it changed since the past 50 years?
How expensive is college now?
the 2016–2017 school year was $33,480 at private colleges, $9,650 for state residents at public colleges, and $24,930 for out-of-state residents attending public universities.
How expensive was college?
in 2000 it was 21,851
Do students with different social backgrounds perform differently?
How many different education systems are used throughout the U.S?
Why are there different education systems within the U.S.?
Were there always different education systems used throughout the different states?
Does one education system in one state works better than another education system in a different one?
What reforms can we do in our education to make it better than it is?
What are the students being taught and how can we change/improve that?
Has it improved over the last couple of years or no?
What should we teach?
Web data resources
National Center for Education Statistics
private schools: https://nces.ed.gov/pubs97/97983.pdf
charter schools (publically funded): https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=30
pre-primary education: https://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=516
1870’s since progressed education enrollment, elementary, attendance, teachers and their salaries, high school graduates, and expenditures: https://nces.ed.gov/pubs93/93442.pdf
other countries: https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2016/2016100.pdf
US Census Bureau
Congressional Budget Office
Data world wide