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Bringing Education Back to Its Roots

Bringing Education Back to Its Roots

Americans have lost track of the fundamentals of education.

We've created a system for stuffing things into students -- facts, figures and content -- but not pulling things out -- their innate potential, the things they want to do and be. We are what we measure, but are we measuring all of the things that we value?

Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Education and Workforce Development at Gallup, raised this question in his keynote address on June 30 at the Education Commission of the States' 2016 National Forum on Education Policy.

Busteed discussed how we focus on simple metrics -- grades, test scores and graduation rates -- but this doesn't capture the full picture of success. We aren't paying attention to the other things that equate to success; it's not all explained by test scores, but we teach our students and parents that they are all that matter.

Gallup's research provides a clear, simplified picture of the most effective ways to help students succeed in school and in their careers and lives. The path to success will require serious changes in what we value and measure in education.

Watch the full keynote address below:


Justin McCarthy is a journalist and analyst at Gallup.

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