It is worth our time to look carefully at the success and failures of our past. Change is ignited by failure, but it is fueled by ideas that have worked in the past. While our educational system has had more than enough failure to light the blazing rationale for change, that same system has also had more than enough success to know where success can be found.
- Public School graduates annually make up between 55 and 70% of the matriculating freshmen as Harvard, Yale, Princeton, MIT, Stanford, Brown, and Cornell.
- The literacy rate in the US is 99% for those over the age of 15.
- 9 of the last 13 Presidents have gone through the Public School system.
- More than a third of 338 Nobel Prizes won by US citizens have been brought home by public school graduates,
- Six of our Supreme Court Justice are the products of public education.
Make no mistake. The public education system is in need of reform. We need to jettison the tools and tests we recognized as outdated back in a different century and adopt methods and modalities that prepare our students for this one. We have failed on many fronts and need to learn from those mistakes. We have also succeeded. Whether or not those wins, or the millions of others that have not made the news, they are as important to an honest appraisal of how to improve a system that is fundament to the making and keeping our country great.