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.
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.
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.
"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
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