Youth CareerConnect Grants, Building America's Next Generation Workforce.To compete in today’s global economy, America’s students need deep knowledge and skills that will prepare them for college and the jobs of the future. Yet far too many of America’s students are not meaningfully engaged or motivated in their academic experience while in high school. Many high school graduates lack exposure to learning that links their work in school to college and careers—especially in the critically important fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Moreover, many of America’s international competitors offer students a more rigorous and relevant education in their middle and high school years.
Time for the United States to Reskill? The Survey of Adult Skills, shows that our highest-skilled adults remain on par with those in other leading nations, but that, on average, American students are behind other nations in every other measure. The international rankings show that in literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in a technology-rich environment, the U.S. average performance is significantly lower than the international average. The data also show that the skill levels of U.S. adults have remained stable over two decades, and that our youngest learners are not improving their skill levels. In some other countries, young adults score well above older ones and also outpace their American peers. This shows that the disadvantages children face often persist into adulthood and learning gaps, fueled by opportunity gaps, exist among American adults.
The Committee for Education Funding (CEF), a coalition of 112 national education organizations and institutions from PreK through graduate education, today once again called on Congress to replace the harmful sequester cuts to children and education.To dramatize the impact of the cuts, CEF member organizations delivered a fact sheet along with plush turkeys to members of the conference committee on the Fiscal Year 2014 budget resolution as well as other key House and Senate offices, with a message of “Carve Turkeys, Not Education!” http://cef.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/stop-the-cuts-11-19.pdf
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