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Every 8 seconds it gets very personal!

by Wanda Taylor

"Every 8 seconds during the school year, a public high school student drops out."  State of America's Children Handbook

"Every second and a half during the school year, a public school student receives an out-of-school suspension.  Based on 180 school days of seven hours each, calculations show that 2,923,895 students received one or more out-of-school suspensions."  Hmmm...

So, how is that personal?  

Because in this global economy, we are 6th in per-capita education expenditures but 31st in math scores, 23rd in science scores, and 17th in reading scores.  And, those scores include developing nations! 

How else is it personal?

Because we are 1st in number of billionaires and 1st in number of persons incarcerated.  We are 1st in gross domestic product and 1st in per-capita health expenditures.  We are worst in relative child poverty; worst in adolescent birth rates (ages 15 to 19); worst in divorce rates, worst in lifetime use of cocaine, marijuana, and tobacco; and worst in protecting our children against gun violence.

 So, what's the good news?

We know the statistics.  That's it.  We know the truth, which is the only thing that can set us on another path.  What we do about the statistics is what will define us.  It's not about the numbers, it's about education. 21st century skills are required to keep this nation on a global track.  What are those skills?  Creativity and Innovation; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Communication and Collaboration; Information Literacy; Media Literacy; ICT Literacy; and Life and Career Skills.  So, the good news?  That's just what we're focused on at Emagine-Nation.com!

Please join use in our quest to bring 21st century skills to our kids.

Please check us out at http://campaign.emagine-nation.com.  Please consider teaching your kids that education and learning don't have to be separate things.  Thanks!!

 

Wanda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Wanda Taylor, MCC, is the CEO and creative designer of Emagine-Nation.com. With over 23 years of experience in the world of learning, education, psychology, and technology, Wanda knows the value of curiosity, imagination, and discovery learning.  Follow Wanda and see why she believes that Emagine-Nation changes everything!

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