Rethinking the K–12 Education Crisis

To seize the opportunities inherent in the next phase of the Digital Techno-Economic Revolution, the United States must address its growing “skills gap.” Providing ongoing professional and vocational education for Millennials, Xers, Boomers, and even the Silent Generation will deliver big short-term rewards. However, the bigger and more complex challenge is ensuring that Generation Z (and beyond) has access to K-12 education that prepares them for success in the 21st century. Despite nearly 30 years of K-12 school reform efforts, the United States still has substantial problems with student achievement in aggregate, as well as by race and class. To make more substantial progress, reformers must question conventional assumptions and more aggressively reshape key aspects of the American school system. What are the assumptions? How can they be reshaped? What are the implications? We’ll show you.

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