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Waiting for Superman – it’s time to fix our schools

Every child has a dream. Every child has boundless potential. The ability to make those dreams come true.

But with alarming regularity and predictability, our schools are failing them.

Did you know that…

  • Amongst 30 developed countries, we rank 25th in math?
  • We rank 21st in science?
  • We rank 20th in graduation ranks?
  • In almost every category we’ve fallen behind, except in 1 – confidence.
  • For the first time in America, this generation will be less literate than the one before it?
  • 64% of 4th grade public school students score below a proficient reading level?

In America right now, a kid drops out of high-school every 26 seconds. 1.2 million a year. These kids are…

  • 8 times more likely to go to prison
  • 50% less likely to vote
  • More likely to require social welfare assistance
  • Not eligible for 90% of new jobs
  • Are being paid $.40 to the dollar earned by a college graduate
  • Go on to continue the cycle of poverty

Did you know that approximately 50% of teachers leave the profession within 6 years?

It’s a system that is broken, that has failed to adapt and evolve. And it’s causing unspeakable damage to our children, to our society, and to our future.  In fact, it’s killing creativity.  Don’t believe it, just watch this video and tell me you disagree.

And it’s not just a recent problem. Did you know 32 million adults have trouble reading a children’s picture book? Did you know that according to Gallup, some 50% of americans are disengaged at work, having been directed toward careers that are ill-suited to their core competencies and passions, by a system that was built to serve a need that no longer exists, and that has failed to adapt? Something that costs us an estimated $300 billion a year in lost productivity?

Where we were once pioneers, we’ve now fallen behind.

Those ahead of us?

Germany, Finland, Greece, Japan, Israel, Norway, Korea, Slovenia, Ireland, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Iceland, Denmark, Italy, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Canada.

Did you know that for hundreds of children, this is how they’re chosen to attend a good school?  It’s a lottery.

Waiting for Superman

Waiting for Superman

Waiting for Superman

Did you know it’s estimated that by the year 2020, there will be 123 million high-paying, high-skill jobs in the United States, but only 50 million Americans will be qualified to fill them? Why? Because our school systems are largely broken, and our children’s lives, and our collective future, is hanging in the balance.

Waiting for Superman

Waiting for Superman is a film about a system that’s broken. A film about the children whose lives hang in the balance.

Watch the official trailer here:

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It’s time this issue got more attention. It’s time for innovation, evolution, and change. Sometimes by doing very simple things.

Waiting for Superman

Did you know that reading to a kid 3 times a week makes them twice as likely to score in the top 25% of their class in reading, which mans they are more likely to graduate high school reading on grade level or higher.

But did you know that most schools struggle just to get books in their library, let alone a variety sufficient to cater to their entire student body and capture the minds and imaginations of the children on whom our future relies.

As part of this series of posts about finding fulfillment in life and in work, we’ll be discussing a lot about education. And in terms of life-engineering, there’s much we can do to make a difference engineering the lives of our children by creating an educational environment that will not fail them, but that will propel them into the future.

For instance, if you click here, and make a simple pledge to see this film in theaters you can help increase literacy in the U.S. At 50,000 pledges, First Book will donate 250,000 books to kids.

Still questioning?  Just watch this:

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How can you help?

However you choose to help, it’s time to get engaged. It’s time to fix the system. We owe it to our children.

Waiting for Superman



If you haven’t yet, this video “Do schools kill creativity” by Sir Ken Robinson, is a must see.  It’ll change the way you look at schools today.

For more information about the movie, or to share the pledge with others go to

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