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Addressing many of our systemic social challenges
Public education is our single greatest collective investment in human capital, widely recognized as a powerful intervention point.
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Yet it continues to reinforce stark racial and socio-economic divisions. Students from the lowest-income families in the United States are ten times less likely to earn a bachelor's degree than those from the highest-income families; just 20% of African-Americans and 12% of Hispanics have completed a degree. These numbers would be troubling in any environment, but in a time of increased income inequality and global competitiveness, they are unacceptable.
These concerns are not new – efforts to reform education have been around as long as education itself. But we believe that the system is at a tipping point where certain levers have the potential to create dramatic improvement. We see three significant opportunities:
- Scaling up. Some organizations have achieved outstanding results, but their success is often disconnected, either from sufficient resources to scale their efforts nationally or from other actors who could build on what was learned. We can be much more intentional in building the infrastructure, funding mechanisms, and collaboration models to identify and rapidly scale what works.
- Innovation. Public education has clung to a batch processing, seat time based, teacher-in-front-of-the-room model for a century, while every other sector of society has been transformed. We can rapidly accelerate the pace of innovation and experimentation across all dimensions of teaching and learning.
- Redefining "student." Much policy and practice is based on an outdated definition of a student as a young man or woman who graduates high school at 18, proceeds directly to college, and graduates in four years. This is but one archetype among many in what is actually a highly dynamic and complex student ecosystem. We believe much work is yet to be done to investigate and articulate the different student pathways, and to more fully engage the voices of students, parents, and teachers in the debates on education.
We believe that our tools can play an integral role in the hard work of turning those opportunities into real solutions that will reinvent what we think of today as public education. In our work, we seek to:
- Use our skills as strategic conveners to strengthen connection and collaboration between K-12 and higher education, between the public and private sectors, between funders and actors, and between teachers, parents, and students
- Apply Deloitte's extensive set of consumer insight tools to create a richer understanding of student archetypes and pathways, with an eye towards identifying and removing barriers to success
- Increase the reach and impact of breakthrough social entrepreneurs, AND retool already at-scale organizations for the challenges of 21st century education