The mission of Lernsys is to take back control of our children’s education. Failing standards, reduced or no choice in teachers, bullying, violence and the lack of any moral/ethical component in North American classrooms has become the new norm. A progressive move forward centers on choice and unobstructed input into how and what our children are being taught.
A New York Times headline earlier this year concluded with a startling two words – “Teacher Shortages Spur a Nationwide Hiring Scramble (Credentials Optional).” Layoffs during the recession coupled with a recovering economy where fewer people are interested in teaching has placed school districts in a challenging position. This critical shortage moving forward will only exacerbate U.S. academic deficiency at an international level, especially in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
In a recent Pew Research Center report, a modest 29 percent of Americans thought U.S. K-12 STEM school curriculum was above average. Only 16 percent of members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science shared the opinion while 46 percent of the same association believed K-12 STEM was below average.
While declining academic performance is troubling enough, student safety in schools is at an all-time low. There have been approximately 159 school shootings in the U.S. since 2013 (average of 1 per week). An alarming 280,000 students are physically assaulted on secondary school campuses every month, and every 7 minutes a child is bullied at a U.S. school. Cyberbullying has really taken off over the last 5 years with up to 43% of students having reported incidents online.
North America is a region rich in talent and the internet facilitates the connection and exchange of resources. The Lernsys platform “bridges” the surplus in talent with the deficit in choice/value and recreates what was once a leading academic standard for the world.