While it is a known fact that education correlates with higher income, what is often left out is that education is significantly linked to many other outcomes in life. Other things being, whether a person will get married or his or her life expectancy. The disturbing thing is that the gap between more and less educated Americans is getting proportionally larger.
During The Hamilton Project’s release of the paper“A Dozen Economic Facts About K-12 Education”, it was found that although the benefits of education have increased over time, many measures of education attainment and achievement have slowed down meaning that many of our nation’s young people are not actually receiving or learning the skills they need to thrive in modern society.
The project’s findings focused on three key points: the disparity in the outcomes between more educated and less educated Americans, also weaknesses in America’s K-12 education system, as well as several promising interventions that could lead to a starting point for educational reformation.
“By exploring the gap in outcomes … we see how improving education can benefit both individuals and society.”
A strong education system is the backbone of the American Dream. Each generation is provided with the tools and the opportunity to do better than the last. Throughout the past several decades, US college-graduation rates have plateaued and even fallen short of statistical predictions, while rates in the rest of the world have been increasing steadily.
In order to reclaim the dream that has eluded many, local, state, and federal policymakers must look to pursue opportunities to improve student success and achievement with very specific focus and concentration. A failure to expend such energy on this important matter will leave many Americans behind in an increasingly competitive global economy.