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Let’s Compete

July 24, 2012 posted by Michelle Rhee

With the international competition of the summer Olympics just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to look at how U.S. students compare to their counterparts in other parts of the world. In contrast what is certain to be incredible athletic prowess on display and an impressive medal count that makes our nation proud, American students aren’t faring as well when it comes to global competition with their peers.

By a number of measures – including a new Harvard study that ranks our kids 25th among those in 49 industrialized nations– America’s education system is failing to live up to the high expectations we should have for it. That’s why StudentsFirst is launching a new ad campaign, to draw awareness to these issues and highlight the need for common sense education reforms. 

I debuted the first of three ads Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press," and in coming days and weeks we’ll continue to work to build awareness around these important issues. Check out the ad and share it with your friends and family here.

We’ve made progress in a number of areas, but there’s a lot of work left to do. Lets tap into our competitive spirit to help our kids excel academically and enact the kind of common sense reforms we know will help turn our schools around. Together we can make sure every kid in America gets a great education. And that would really be something to cheer about.

Topics: Education Research, Students, StudentsFirst, Michelle Rhee