GRAND JUNCTION, CO (KKCO)_A coalition of 110 of the nation’s top CEO’s from companies like Intel, Caterpillar and State Farm are behind the report.
They say the data shows our kids falling far behind other countries, so they’re pushing for higher standards in math, science and technology education.
For the Heaney Family on Spring Break in Washington, DC, the state of the kids’ education isn’t a big worry. Father of three Bill Heaney says, "I see a big improvement from when I went to school.”
But some of the nation’s top CEO's say it should be. Former CEO of Intel Corporation Craig Barrett says, "We're basically lying to parents and their kids- saying that everything is OK when there are data that suggest everything is not OK."
Barrett says he’s joined with corporate leaders joined with corporate leaders from around the country to push for higher education standards, especially in math and science and better training for those teachers. Barrett says, "Today the probability if you're in elementary or high school of getting a math teacher who knows math is only 60 or 70- percent."
Former teacher Camsi Matis-McAdams says, "Those kids don't get another shot at 8th grade math- that's it. That's there one time through."
The National Assessment of Educational Programs recently found only 33 percent of eighth graders are proficient or advanced in math. Chancellor Merryl Tisch, with the New York State Board of Regents, says, "This country will not be competitive in a global economy if we continue to fall behind."
On his town hall tour, President Obama agreed, pushing back against those who want education cuts. Obama says, "How are we not going to invest in making sure our kids have the best skills possible?"
With the budget battle in Washington just getting started, some of the nation’s brightest minds say the war in the classrooms is right now, being lost.
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