Nature of Setting
The broad domain of education has within it several big problems worth addressing. The nature of this domain differs by income levels of countries (low income, lower-middle income, upper-middle income, high income). Within countries, there is often significant variance by geography (regions, urban vs. rural, suburb vs. inner city), men vs. women and boys vs. girls, levels of education (primary, secondary and high school, higher education). In low and middle income countries, particularly, there is also the issue of adult illiteracy. The sources of information below have data and discussions useful for discovering big problems in education that matter to you.
Problem Solvers in This Space
- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's initiatives in the United States are focused on education. They target post-secondary success and college-ready education.
- Education for All Movement: In 2000, one hundred sixty-four governments agreed to achieving 6 goals to provide basic education to children, youth, and adults by 2015. More information below under UNESCO and the EFA Movement.
- Khan Academy
- Room to Read
- Teach for America
Sources of Information
- Institute of Education Sciences for statistics and reports on education in the United States.
- National Center for Education Statistics and National Assessment of Educational Progress for information (statistics, reports) on education in the United States.
- UNESCO has several sources of information about the global state of education. Along with reports, there is an Atlas of teachers showing, in their words, massive shortages of teachers and information about the Education for All Movement (see above). The EFA website has annual reports, statistics, and information on the Education for All Development Index. A ranking of countries by this index is here.
- United Nations: The second of the eight Millennium Development Goals deals with education. Specifically, it is about providing primary education universally. Information about this goal can be found here.
- U.S. Department of Education and the White House on education.