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Education in Today’s Society

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

As a father to 18 wonderful children there have been plenty of school projects, homework assignments, and trips to their school. As a parent, of course, I want to see my children succeed at not only school, but in life and have fulfilling happy lives, which is why I decided to look more deeply into our education system.

  • 30 years ago, America was the leader in quantity and quality of high school diplomas. Today, our nation is ranked 36th in the world.
  • 1.3 million high school students don’t graduate on time yearly. States with highest rates (80-89%) are Wisconsin, Iowa, Vermont, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. States with lowest (less than 60%) are Nevada, New Mexico, Louisiana, Georgia and S. Carolina.
  • 97% of low-income students rely on school for Internet access, but 40 million students do not have high-speed Internet in school.
  • If the 1.3 million dropouts from the Class of 2010 had graduated, the nation would have seen $337 billion more in earnings over the course of the students’ lifetimes.
  • A 3rd grade student who reads at the appropriate reading level compared to a 3rd grade student who does not is 4 times more likely to graduate by age 19. Furthermore, a student living in poverty is 13 times less likely to graduate on time.
  • Teacher quality is one of the most significant factors related to student achievement. In the U.S., 14% of new teachers resign by the end of their first year, 33% leave within their first 3 years, and almost 50% leave by their 5th year.
  • In the workplace, 85% of current jobs and 90% of new jobs require some or more college or post-secondary education.
  • Roughly half of the students who enter a 4-year school will receive a bachelor’s degree within 6 years.
  • In schools made up of 75% or more low-income students, there are 3 times the number of out-of-field teachers than in wealthier school districts.
  • High schools are not preparing students with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel after graduation. Only 1 in 4 high school students graduate college-ready in the 4 core subjects of English, Reading, Math and Science.

Although these numbers may be scary, being involved in your children’s education and helping them to learn not just in school but in the world around them will lead them to pursue learning for the rest of their lives.

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School is back in session, always…

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Everyone involved with a school schedule has probably by now settled into a routine.  It always takes a while to get logistics set up for any family involved with a new school year.  Our school-age patients are a little short on numbers at the very start and end of each new school year.  Once people develop their unique program, it becomes necessary to negotiate, with relative comfort, a successful program for week after week that they can soon relax, exhale, and follow the plan.

At our home, that is a typed daily transport schedule for the 2011-2012 school year.  Each child is listed on a daily time roster, who transports who, and to where, and by when.  And, with multiple children in multiple schools, the schedule can at first seem hectic and confusing.  However, with larger numbers of children, the demand for a clear plan becomes more and more necessary.

With the importance of scheduling, comes the exceptions:  doctor’s appointments, orthodontic’s and dentist’s appointments, eye doctors, etc.  Schedules are made to be broken, or so it seems.  Time outside school can also be educational, as can transport.  Hours of education can be added to a child’s education while being transported.  Siblings or drivers can quiz each other on spelling, multiplication, tables, etc.  Think of it, if just one concept was studied on each trip.

I once told a teacher, who was perturbed with me for taking my child out of school,  that I was taking my daughter out of school on an educational outing and I said, “I think education is more important than school.”  I would not recommend that comment to anyone, since teachers do operate most effectively with everyone present.  My point, however, is if a child must be removed from school, have it be a learning experience.  Ask them to report one thing that they learned by questioning their doctor, orthodontist, dentist, eye doctor, etc., about something they may not have learned in school.  All professionals have much to offer in terms of education.  If you must take off school, then make it an educational outing.  Ask good questions.  The quality of one’s life is measured by the quality of one’s questions.  Ask thoughtful questions and…

Keep smiling!

Dr. James G. Hood


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