“Today more than ever, we prize academic achievement, pressuring our children to get into the “right” colleges, have the highest GPAs, and pursue advanced degrees. But while students may graduate with credentials, by and large they lack the competencies needed to be thoughtful, engaged citizens and to get good jobs in our rapidly evolving economy. Our school system was engineered a century ago to produce a work force for a world that no longer exists. Alarmingly, our methods of schooling crush the creativity and initiative young people need to thrive in the twenty-first century.”

– Tony Wagner & Ted Dintersmith, authors of “Most Likely To Succeed”

A few statistics from MLTSfilm.org to consider:

  • 53% of recent college graduates are under- or unemployed.
  • Student engagement in school plummets as they get to higher grades—from 80% in elementary school to just 40% by the beginning of high school.
  • Just 11% of employers—yet 96% of academic provosts—believe colleges are effective in preparing graduates for the workplace.
  • A Lego Foundation study reports that students lose more than 90% of their creative capacity during their school years.
  • Gallup found that college grads who had opportunities to apply classroom learning to internships, jobs, or ambitious projects are twice as likely to be engaged in work later in life.
  • 65% of today’s grade-school children will end up in jobs that haven’t been invented yet.
  • The current length of a job for a millennial is an average of 2.6 years, and millennials will have 15-20 jobs over the course of their working lives.
  • By 2020, 40% to 50% of all income-producing work will be short-term contracts, freelance work and so-called SuperTemps.
  • 45% of recent college graduates return home to live with their parents.

Sir Ken Robinson persuasively makes the case in the most watched TED talk of all time.