Friday, February 27, 2009


I've seen this before, and not so sure the stats are all verifiable. But it's still an interesting presentation. Check it out. (And thanks to my oldest friend Bob Helmar for turning me on to it again.)


Anonymous said...

La--What it means, I think, is that the older we get, the less able we are to keep up.
Bob Berner

AlamedaTom said...

Uh, could you pass me a couple of Xanax please.

~ Willy

JIm said...

Incredible, exciting, scary!! The US has to find a way to supercharge our educational system. My fifteen year old twins go to a public “Choice” school. The D’Evelyn Jr/Senior High School is named in memorial for a conservative activist who fought to get Charter/Choice school through the Colorado legislature in 1992.

Students are required to take a heavy load of math, science and literature. The arts are encouraged and supported. Surprisingly, the D’Evelyn students do very well in athletics. As a point of pride, I mention that my little girl, who tips the scales at 95lbs started at second base as a freshman on the softball team. She even made All State Honorable mention. The twins, both James and Shannon compete in other sports as well, including cross country, track, and basketball. James particularly seems to do better in academics when he is competing on the sports fields. He seems to focus better and budget his time. Shannon has natural focus. There is a lottery to get into the school because the demand is so great. The school is run by board of directors, based on the proposition that serious work must be performed in order to pass to the next grade. There is no such thing as social promotion. Angry parents who look for exceptions for their children are encouraged to find another school for their child. D’Evelyn has the highest ACT scores in the state seven years running and has been mentioned prominately in national magazines, including Business Week. Twenty to twenty five percent of graduates go to Colorado School of Mines, which has the most difficult entrance requirements in Colorado. Colorado School of Mines is ranked fifth nationally as an engineering school.

D’Evelyn is obviously a success. The demand for entrance far exceeds the space available. I do not understand why this, obvious success, is not replicated through out the state and nation until supply equals demand for exceptional education.

Caitlin said...

Wow! Yikes! Wow! No wonder we're all stressed out, too much information! But now we can't live with out it.