10 Staggering Facts about Education in America


10 Shocking U.S. Education Statistics

Over the past 4 decades, the United States has slipped from being a world leader in education, to what appears to be a bunch of dropouts and under-achievers. Here's a hard look at the current state of education in the United States.

1 Every year, 1.2 million students drop out of school. That's 7,000 dropouts every day or one every 26 seconds.

2 High school dropouts are a drain on society:

8x more likely to go to prison

more likely to need welfare

50% less likely to vote

not eligible for 90% of new jobs

earn less than half as much as college grads

3 Look out below!

High school is not preparing students for college.

The U.S. ranks poorly when stacked up against international competition.

math 24th

science 21st

literacy 15th

4 WTH?!

30 percent of Americans have such an aversion to math problems that they'd rather clean a bathroom than solve one.

5 According to U.S. manufacturers, 40% of all 17-year-olds do not have the math skills and 60% lack the reading skills to hold down a production job at a manufacturing company.

6 Fewer adults with college degrees


The U.S. ranks 12th among 36 industrialized countries for percentage of adults 25-34 years old with college degrees. That's worse than Canada, Israel and New Zealand, among others.

Worse than New Zealand, seriously?

7 380,232 students University of Phoenix

The largest school in the U.S. is the University of Phoenix Online, with a whopping 380,232 students. That's over 5x more than the largest public school, Arizona State University, which has 68,064 students.

8 Highest Tuition: $41,968

a Vassar College, Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University all cost more than $40,000 a year. That's more than 4 times what the majority of students pay.

b Be smart: 47% of all full-time undergrads pay less than $9,000/year for tuition.

c The average cost for tuition and fees at two-year colleges is: $2,713

9 On the bright side, you can pat yourself on the back for this one:

40.3% of U.S. adults have a degree


6.7% of the world has a degree

10 Earn 3x more with a degree!

The average earnings of workers age 18 and over with an advanced degree is $74,602. This compares with $51,206 a year for those with bachelor's degrees, $27,915 for those with a high school diploma only and $18,734 for those without a high school diploma.

Advanced degree $74,602

Bachelor's degree $51,206

High School $27,915

Dropout $18,734

10 Staggering Facts about Education in America

shared by amie on May 12, 2011 in Education


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In the fast paced world we now live in a good education is a value not to skip. This infographic looks at education in the US and specifically high school education. The US ranks 12th in terms of th...
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