Shane Martin, dean of the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, said the state of education in Los Angeles "is grim" and discussed major issues facing education in the region at a LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce meeting Feb 3.
"The reality is grim and there is no other way I can tell you otherwise," Martin said. "But education matters. It’s connected to jobs and it’s connected to the future."
Martin pointed out that big gaps continue to exist between the academic performance by Euro-American and Asian/Pacific Islander students and by African-American and Latino students. He also spoke about the high number of high school drop-out/push-out rates and how the U.S. education system compares to other countries. The U.S. ranks 25th in math and 17th in the sciences.
"[But] what can we do about all of these [statistics]?" Martin said. "Education is organized is such a way that the local community has an incredible influence on the quality of education. We, at LMU, are ready to partner with our schools and the community in ways that we can."
Martin then spoke about the success of LMU’s Family of Schools working with seven local public schools and four Catholic schools. More than 650 pre-K through 12th-grade students visited the LMU campus in the past year. He also highlighted the accomplishments of the Center for Math and Science Teaching program, the Center for Catholic Education and LMU’s partnership with Teach for America.