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What's at Stake

"If we cannot shift from a world where learning deeply is the exception, rather than the rule, more is in jeopardy than our schools. Nothing less than our society is at stake."

 

From the book "In Search of Deeper Learning" by Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine.

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We draw a blunt conclusion.  There is no reason for the majority of Students to take conventional schooling seriously.  There are many roadside attractions and other diversions that provide an alternative draw for students: drugs, the digital world, doing nothing."  

From "Deep Learning Engage the World Change the World" by Michael Fullan, Joanne Quinn, and Joanne McEachen.

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Gallup Poll

A 2015 Gallup Poll survey of 900,000 students shows 75% engagement at grade 5, and then a steep decline over time to 32% in grade 11.

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Tony Wagner

"Only about a third of high school students graduate ready for college today ... Forty percent of all students must take remedial courses ... Sixty five percent of college professors report that what is taught in schools does not prepare Students for college."

From the book "Global Achievement Gap" by Tony Wagner

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Survey of over 63,000 managers on what skills recent college graduates lack

Of more than 14,000 graduates also surveyed, 87% report feeling "well prepared" for their new jobs, however, only 50% of managers agreed.  
From article in Forbes (May 17, 2016)

44% report lack of writing proficiency 
39% report lack of public speaking skills 
36 report need for data analysis 

Hard Skills Gaps

Soft Skills Gaps

60% report lack of critical thinking and problem-solving skills 

46% report a need for better communication skills 
44% report lack of leadership qualities 
36% report lower-than-needed interpersonal and teamwork skills