Are We Failing Our Children?

And now, an NBC Bay Area Editorial:

California's latest drop-out rate proves we're in the midst of an epidemic; 22% of our teenagers leave high school before they graduate. The really troubled cities see drop-out rates of 40%! With almost a quarter of our kids turning their backs on school, we are failing a generation.

As a nation, we're falling behind world leaders, Chinese students score first in reading, math and science, far outpacing us. Compared to over 30 countries, the U.S. ranks mediocre.

Global demand for highly educated workers is growing. But U.S. production of post-grad degrees is stagnant. We've fallen from 1st place to 9th in our percentage of students with college degrees. This can't continue.

We believe our education system needs radical change. Let's put students first, check out studentsfirst.org and share your thoughts with us below.

Scroll down to view comments or leave your own.  Please include your first name, the first inital of your last name and your city, or you can post anonymously. You can also submit comments via email by editorials@.

Previous 2010 Editorials:

December 19, 2010
Education For The 21st Century

December 5, 2010
Ho Ho...Uh Oh!

November 21, 2010
Blue and Gold and in the Red

November 7, 2010
Take Back the Initiative Process

October 31, 2010
Vote Yes on Proposition 25, No on Proposition 26

October 24, 2010
Vote Yes on Proposition 20, No on Proposition 27

October 10 2010
Vote No on Proposition 23

September 26 2010
Education Starts at Home

August 12 2010
California's Plastic Bag Ban

August 29 2010
A Woman's Right to Know

August 15 2010
Giving Education a Digital Upgrade

August 1 2010
Saltworks Proposal

July 17 2010
Too Many Districts, Not Enough Money

July 4 2010
Smart Meters Rollout Not So Smart

June 20 2010
Rash Rules Fence Farmers In

June 6 2010
California's Pension Crisis

May 23 2010
The June Propositions

May 16 2009
Anthem Blue Cross Rates Hikes Halted

May 9, 2010
Arizona's New Immigration Law

April 25, 2010
Women and The Wage Gap

April 11, 2010
A Bay Area Wake Up Call
March 28, 2010
Local Schools. Local Solutions  

March 14, 2010
Health Insurance Hikes

February 28, 2010
Failing Our Students

February 21, 2010
Bay Area Boys Club

January 24, 2010
The New Homeless

January 10, 2010
Prisons vs Schools

January 3, 2010
NBC Bay Area's 2010 Resolutions

Contact Us