IN 2012 America’s education system ranked #17 out of 50 nations, falling behind several Scandinavian and Asian countries, including The U.K., Switzerland, Austria, and others who claimed the top spots.
The Pearson Report which accompanied the rankings suggested that cash flow is not the strongest indicator of quality education. Instead, authors of the report suggest that a culture that nourishes its educational foundations will fare far better than one that simply funds organizations and turns a blind eye.
Far more important than the amount of funding is the quality of funding, and the processes that govern how and where those funds are appropriated. The authors of the Pearson report suggest that “The cultural assumptions and values surrounding an education system do more to support or undermine it than the system can do on its own.”
E.A.G.R. was founded by passionate educators that think we can do better as a nation.
We believe that the greatest obstacle to improving our national education system is to build a culture of support which values educators, scholars, and researchers.
In the Fall of 2012, members of the E.A.G.R. team met in Philadelphia to discuss a new partnership which connects students at Philadelphia’s Science Leadership Academy with graduate students and senior researchers at The University of Pennsylvania.
This Winter, graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania will meet with high school students from the Science Leadership Academy at Philadelphia’s largest Science Education Facility, The Franklin Institute. There, students and researchers will conduct experiments, explore STEM topics, and expose students to valuable learning experiences that will encourage them to find their own passion in science.
Over the long term, we aim to use our pilot programs in Philadelphia as a model educational strategy in which higher education institutions reach out to their local communities to create a culture of appreciation and support for educators and students alike.