Avoiding the “Educational Cliff”

We’re facing another “cliff” as a country. This one is not “fiscal” but educational. According to this Gallup blog post, we’re losing the engagement battle with students. Why? Too much “teaching to the test” and fewer avenues to get students through the educational pipeline.  For Latinos, the drop-off is even steeper due to other social and economic factors – but the answers are out there.  The remedy – here’s one:

We not only fail to embrace entrepreneurial students in our schools, we actually neutralize them. Forty-five percent of our students in grades five through 12 say they plan to start their own business someday. That’s a ton of entrepreneurial energy in our schools. Yet a mere 5% have spent more than one hour in the last week working, interning, or exposed to a real business.