The latest video to hit YouTube for a good cause — to shock people out of complacency long enough to do something about the downward trend in U.S. public education — is ED in 08‘s video, now on YouTube and viewed (at this point) more than 400,000 times.
The video points out that in 2002, UNICEF compared public education in 24 nations around the world, and the U.S. ranked 18 out of the 24 nations. EDin08 is the communications effort of Strong American Schools, a nonpartisan campaign supported by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to promote sound U.S. education policies. The organization does not support a particular presidential candidate, but urges the public to “demand that every presidential candidate has a plan to improve America’s schools.”
Here are some of the disturbing statistics you can find on their website:
While the Strong American Schools website has some cool tools that parents and educators can use to educate their children, network with others, and so on, I really like the YouTube campaign. It’s effective, and the videos ought to be used at every education conference out there.
Here’s their latest example: