American Education is Broken.
Sixty-four years after Brown v. Board of Education, we still have de facto segregation in our schools. The way public education is currently structured, delivered almost solely by government employees in government-run schools, is simply not working. One thing I found in the military, which applies to education even more, is that you cannot reform the system from within. The situation has gotten so bad that even charter schools aren’t enough.
These revelations are nothing new. In 1978 Walter Cronkite anchored a CBS New Special Report called “Is Anyone Out There Learning?”He opened this broadcast with the comment: “What we found was an alarming number of high school graduates who could not read well enough to function in society.”
Fast forward five years. The opening paragraph in a 1983 report entitled A Nation At Risk, submitted to President Reagan by the National Commission on Excellence in Education, began with the words: “If an unfriendly foreign power had attempted to impose on America the mediocre educational performance that exists today, we might well have viewed it as an act of war.”
Fast forward another 35 years to this editorial in the May 9, 2018 edition of The Wall Street Journal. While reviewing the latest jobs report, the Journal declared: “Increasingly, employers say that if a person is halfway presentable, they will provide the training, though that is expensive. Ultimately, these skills deficiencies reflect poorly on America’s schools, which often fail to graduate students who can read or write.”
Note the language: if a person is halfway presentable. Is that how far we’ve fallen? Not only do we fail to teach our young people how to read and write, we struggle to even get them across the “halfway-presentable” finish line.
Enough is enough. The time has come to look at other alternatives to delivering public education.
And that’s where we come in.
Maybe the first thing to mention that we actually have a solution. Bit by bit, student by student, we make a difference. As you navigate through our site to learn about our programs and results, keep that in mind. We have a ground game. We have a track record. We get things done.
But we need your help. We ask you to bet on our children’s future like your whole world depended on it.