FACT: The United States now ranks 28th in Science and 34th in Math among the countries of the world. Source: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development 2007)
FACT: The High School graduation rate is 68% nationally, but only 50% for African American students and 53% for Latino/a children. Only 43% of African American males graduate from high school. (Source: Urban Institute 2001)
FACT: The gap continues to grow between races. (Source: Schott Foundation)
For the first time in U.S. history, in 2006, the educational attainment of young adults (age 25-34) did not exceed that of older workers (age 55 – 64). If current racial and ethnic gaps in high school and college completion continue, the United States may, in the next ten years, face a generation of young workers (age 25-34) who have actually completed less education than older workers.
While there are many who are dedicated to giving our children the best education there is, too often there is a stunning lack of leadership, political will and the resources to make education a priority in our communities.
Our children and our nation run the risk of becoming Dinosaurs of the Future.
At Dinosaurs of the Future, we know IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THAT WAY!
FACT: At Providence St. Mel School, 100% of graduates are accepted to 4 year colleges.
FACT: AT Providence St. Mel School, ACT scores are 50% higher than other city schools.
FACT: At Providence St. Mel School, grade school reading scores are 22 points higher than the national norm.
Our documentary, The Providence Effect, captures how one school in the inner city of Chicago, Providence St. Mel School, has created the method and the environment where children learn to think and to overcome social barriers, family circumstances and financial pressures to become high achieving students. This methodology and environment have been so successful that the leadership at Providence St. Mel is now replicating their model at Providence Englewood Charter School.
We hope this film will stimulate local and national dialogue about elevating the quality of elementary and secondary education for all our children. America’s children, regardless of race, religion or economic means deserve the best educational systems, teachers and facilities in the world.