By Brandon Busteed, Executive Director of Gallup Education
Below is a list of critical facts that reveal a big problem facing our kids and our country -- but there is something you can do about it. Scan the bullet points below, and then contribute your thoughts on how to address the issue.
- The U.S. economy has stagnated for the last several years with nearly flat GDP growth and stubbornly high unemployment rates.
- 2012 saw the fewest new companies started in the U.S. in the history of such measurements.
- Almost all net new job creation comes from businesses less than five years old -- i.e., startups.
- To further clarify, most new jobs do not come from Fortune 500 companies, older companies (regardless of size), or the government.
- Startups are created by people we call entrepreneurs.
- Gallup has learned that 43% of all kids in fifth through 12th grade say they plan to start their own business someday; this is an incredible amount of economic energy among our youth.
- Sadly, though, only 7% say they have had any experience (a mentor, an internship, a job) that would help them get there.
- Gallup also just learned that only 4% of superintendents in the U.S. strongly agree that their district is doing a good job teaching entrepreneurship in schools.
All of us can help solve this problem by answering these two questions:
- We can fix this by ________________ [insert collective ideas here].
- I will own my role in this effort by ___________ [what will you do about it -- what action will you take?].
If you would like to know more about what Gallup knows on this subject email us at GallupEducation@gallup.com. Labels: economy, education, entrepreneurship