American students lag significantly behind other advanced nations in educational performance and are slipping further behind. Recent data suggest that this underachievement is not merely an issue for poor children in poor neighborhoods, but for most children in most schools.
We believe the answer is to challenge kids, keep them engaged at all times, and make it fun. At Genie Academy, that’s exactly what we do on a daily basis, reflected in our mission statement and through the passion of our incredible teachers. These kids will erase the achievement gap and enable our country to be on the path of long term prosperity. We have had success with 5,000 kids in a small geographic area.
Thomas Friedman, American commentator of New York Times stated, “There are millions of kids who are in modern suburban schools who don’t realize how far behind they are.” Matt Miller, an author remarked that “[students] are being prepared for $12 per hour jobs - not $40 to $50 an hour.”
The Covid Slide
Covid hit young students in the worst way. Currently in our assessments of new students, we are consistently finding that children are scoring two grade levels behind, on average. As terrifying as that is, it’s the current reality for students of all ages, from all walks of life. We must remember that our children will one day be the future. Our inventors, chemists, electricians, Supreme Court justices, and so on. If they are behind now, we have to step in before it’s too late.
If we continue with this trend of students falling behind, they will evolve into young adults who are unprepared to face the current economic challenges. We can blame schools that have done a poor job of preparing them with adequate math and science skills. Though, we can step in before our struggling child turns into an adult who lacks basic arithmetic skills and hates to learn.
However, the solution, says Friedman, “If America had closed the international achievement gap between 1983 and 1998 and had raised its performance to the level of such nations as Finland and South Korea, United States G.D.P. in 2008 would have been between $1.3 trillion and $2.3 trillion higher. If we had closed the racial achievement gap and black and Latino student performance had caught up with that of white students by 1998, G.D.P. in 2008 would have been between $310 billion and $525 billion higher. If the gap between low-income students and the rest had been narrowed, G.D.P. in 2008 would have been $400 billion to $670 billion higher.”
What can you do today to pave the way for our leaders of tomorrow? You can keep your child on track, and always ahead. You can enroll them in Genie Academy and give them the greatest gift in life- the gift of education.
Sign up for a free class and assessment at Genie Academy today with one of our college-educated teachers. We are ready to help your child be the genius we know they can be.
-The Genie Academy team1