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Gallup Student Poll

by Valerie J. Calderon

Going back to school is better for students who know an adult at school cares about them.

by Valerie J. Calderon

Getting to do what they do best at school every day helps to engage students with school today and prepare them for the future.

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by Valerie J. Calderon

Students become much less engaged as they move through middle school to high school.

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by Valerie J. Calderon and Daniela Yu

Older students are much less engaged with school than are younger students.

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by Valerie J. Calderon and Daniela Yu

Engaged and hopeful students fare better in school and in life.

66% of superintendents say their district is very effective at providing a quality education.

In Australia, less than half of students (48%) in Years 5 through 12 who were surveyed have hope for the future, according to the 2016 Gallup Student Poll.

Schools can be incubators for future business builders.

The 2015 Gallup Student Poll suggests that real-world experience is lacking for many students, but it is more important than ever for a student's long-term success in post-high school work and life.

Many students in the U.S. have positive ideas about their future, but they often have no clue regarding how to make the future they envision a reality.

More than eight in 10 U.S. K-12 superintendents say student engagement with classwork, hope for the future and the percentage of students who graduate from high school are "very important" measures of a public school's effectiveness.

Nearly eight in 10 Americans say students' engagement with class work and their hopefulness about the future are very important measures of a school's success.

Asking one question can open a world of opportunity for students who are otherwise disengaged in school: What do you like to do every day?

I recently thought about the most inspirational teachers in my high school and college days -- Mr. Kotter and Mr. Keating. These two educators grabbed my attention and made me feel excited about the future. But sadly, I made it through high school and college with fictional characters as my greatest inspirations. It turns out I'm not alone.

We have a major problem plaguing Australia's schools with implications that are frightening for the future of our country. Gallup research suggests that Australian students become less engaged as they make their way through the school system. In other words, the longer students stay in school, the less involved with and enthusiastic about school they become.

Logan LaPlante, a Lake Tahoe teen, might be the most engaged student in America. He smiles as he talks about what he's learning. He looks happy, somewhat giddy even, when he describes his school.

America is failing our boys. Today's boys have lower aspirations for higher education than girls. While the disparity in interest in earning a degree appears when men and women are in their 20s, the problem may start as early as the fifth grade -- where more boys than girls become psychological dropouts.