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The School Engagement Problem

I think the lack of student engagement in school is the worst problem in education (and possibly all of society) today.

When kids are bored in school (which many┬ástudents are), they check out, flunk out, and drop out. The image at right shows the percentage of students graduating high school in my home town – green means graduating. Students who drop out are more likely to be in poverty, turn to crime, and repeat the cycle.

This is a huge and complex problem, but I think those of us in education can take one enormously positive step: make school less boring. This central goal has guided much of my work with AGL Initiatives.

I gave an ignite talk (5 min, 20 slides) on this topic, which you can check out here. If you have ideas on how teachers can work toward solving this problem, I’d love to hear them.