Editor’s Note: Numbers Up
9/27/2012 12:00:00 AM
Have all the election numbers regarding budgets, tax
rates, and voter percentiles got you confused and
frustrated? These next statistics won’t make you
any happier. The Organization for Economic and
Cooperation and Development (OECD) last month
released its annual report with some distressing
findings about education in this country: The U.S. ranks 14th in
higher education attainment, 26th in early childhood education,
and is the 6th worst in terms of high school graduation, with almost
a quarter of students dropping out of high school. Another recent
survey sponsored by Dell shows the U.S. lagging behind China and
Germany when it comes to the use of tech in schools. 71 percent of U.S. educators who responded
to the survey say their students have access to more advanced technology at home than they do at
It’s not all bad news, fortunately. Contributor
Sascha Zuger digs deeper into some other
numbers in this month’s cover story (The State
of STEM) to find some strategies for
schools to improve these results, specifically when
we talk about science, technology, engineering, and
math. Our two other features this month, written
by our stalwart contributing editor Ellen Ullman,
offer great ideas for improving both professional
development opportunities (Mix It Up)
and blended learning techniques (The Perfect
Blend). Be sure to go online and check
out the chatter that these stories will have already
created at techlearning.com. I expect there will be
more than a few other readers sharing their own
best practices regarding these topics. And I hope
you will share some of your own.
— Kevin Hogan
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