Summary of Education Problems


Educators, political leaders, business leaders, parents of school-aged children, and many others throughout the U.S. and abroad have continuously recognized the importance that a quality and equitable education has on a productive economy, democratic government, and overall society. Of course, a quality education is also important for each individual’s life opportunities. For example, President Barack Obama has stated that, “education achievement is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue; it is an issue of national priority. Every child, regardless of their zip code or family income, should have access to a quality education.”

President Obama’s statements are consistent with those made by nearly every past U.S. president in the recent decades, as well as those of educators today—nationally and internationally. The crisis in education is not a political issue or even a topic of debate. But many individuals may not recognize just how many students are failing and how this crisis impacts the life of an individual, as well as an economy, a successful government, and a productive society.

Education is a complex system, but there are some fundamental issues and statistics one should consider in order to best conceptualize how we can improve the level at which all students receive a quality education.

Each of the menu links on this page (such as the Statistics and Economy & Society links) are therefore intended to offer some summative statements and data related to our national and international education crisis. We encourage you to click these menu links and think about the information offered on those pages. Think about how they are relevant to you, your family, your local community, your local schools, and the growth of your broader community—your county, region, state, province, or nation. Are you surprised by the information? Do you feel the statistics and problems can improve?

We believe the crisis in education deserves a major cause for action, and can only be changed for the better when thousands of educators and community members are aware of the facts and work collectively to make improvements.


The goal of the Helps Education Fund is not to cure all of the woes of education. Indeed, we believe that no single person or organization can achieve an equitable and high quality education for all students. However, our organization facilitates collective efforts toward meaningful improvement. Our organization also offers a unique approach and philosophy to addressing many of the major problems and barriers in education. And with this, we offer a range of materials and services that are feasible for educators to use, are based on research evidence of effectiveness, and are easily accessible to teachers and parents who can benefit from them.