1950S vs. Today
THEN AND NOW
Average Teacher Salary
$4,000 Salary in 1955
$39,000 Starting salary in 2011
Percent of the Population Over 25 with a High School Diploma or Higher
Average Days of School Per Year
1950 - 1951
2011 - 2012
Spending Per Pupil
Best-Selling Children's Books
The Catcher in the Rye
THE HUNGER GAMES SERIES
THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET
1954 Brown v. Board of Education
in this landmark case, the Supreme Court ordered
the desegregation of American public schools.
2009 Race to the Top
A $4.35 billion U.S. Department of Education contest has
been designed to encourage and reward states for education
innovation and reform. The hope is to close achievement
gaps and improve high school graduation rates.
INNOVATIVE CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY
CURRENT STATE OF EDUCATION
DESPITE THE HUGE JUMP SINCE 1950, AMERICA STILL
NEEDS TO RAISE GRADUATION RATES.
Each year 1.3 million kids drop out of school.
There have been many advancements in education over the last few decades, but our public
school system still has a long way to go. Currently, U.S. students are ranked 14th in literacy and 25th in math.
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