While cities and regions in U.S. are confronting their own academic achievement gaps, this issue is having a global impact. While more kids around the world are attending primary schools, many are not demonstrating basic reading or writing skills. The issue has ripple effects starting from elementary to higher education – and ultimately the workforce. Consider Liberia:
And, sadly, Liberia’s woes are hardly unique. Around the developing world, hundreds of millions of students are learning only a fraction of what the syllabuses suggest they should, and often they leave school without even a basic grasp of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Unaddressed, the global learning challenge is likely to become a serious drag on worldwide growth.