I've competed my first round of homework for grad school. Part of it was reading chapters from Foundations of Library and Information Science by Richard E. Rubin. The book begins with listing statistics. Many of which I blew my mind. The following is the one that has really stuck with me.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2008 approximately 31 percent of the U.S. adult population had a high school education. Read that again, 31 percent! I was shocked by that figure. I always "knew" the percentage was low, I didn't know it was that low though. This is America, a place where everyone has access to education, an education that is free- at least in theory. I wasn't so naive as to believe that we were anywhere near the majority of our population having a high school education, but I certainly though it was close to 50 percent. Look how much the people are being failed by the education system. I always bitched and moaned about how my high school delivered a sub-par education, now I regret those words. I got to attend a high school, I earned a degree and went on to college. People are always stating that life isn't fair, but I'm still going to say it. THIS ISN'T FAIR!
Time to open my Sparkletini bottle and tweet about how much I hate the world.
Editing in: After someone, much more awake and not as negative as myself, asked about it... This DOES NOT include in the count those who went on to earn higher education degrees. In reality 57% of adults in the U.S. have a high school education (18% a bachelor's, 7% master's, and 1% a PhD). That still isn't as high as I think it should be though. That teaches me to do my reading after a long car ride!