Fortunate students spend about a quarter of their lives in school, studying hard, hoping for a better future. Spending so much time in school, students learn plenty about math and science but not about the school itself. Well, prepare yourself, grasshopper, for a few lessons on school. Here are the 25 Common Things About School You Didn’t Know.
A single pencil can draw a really long line.
In school, pencils are everywhere and used every day by students all over the world. Little do they know that there’s enough graphite in one pencil to draw a single line for 35 miles. Good luck to the student who actually tests that out.
In the United States, teachers are resigning at increasing rates.
Even if kids might love the idea, it’s hard to have a school without teachers. Unfortunately for the United States, statistics show that 14% of teachers resign in their first year, 33% in three years, and a whopping 46% after only five years.
Yellow school buses pull their weight.
With all the schools around the United States, it makes sense there would be plenty of them driving around each day. Well, roughly 480,000 of them carry 25 million kids every day. And the nationwide safety records show kids are much safer in school buses rather than teenagers driving on their own or riding a bicycle.
Public school enrollment continues to rise.
Despite alternative school options like homeschool and private schools, public school enrollment continues to rise. In 2014, 50 million students were enrolled. That’s actually projected to increase by 3% in 2025.
United States schools dip in math rankings.
While the United States might spend a decent amount of money on education, it’s not necessarily showing results, especially in math. In 2015, the US dropped by 15 points against other nations, falling from 28th to 35th.
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