In his blockbuster best-selling book, writer Malcolm Gladwell identified a phenomenon called ―the tipping point.‖ This point marks the level at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable and something happens that, in either large or small measure, turns the world on its axis. For those who have been working to improve education, it appears that the tipping point may have finally arrived. Currently, K–12 education in the United States is dealing with three major challenges:
- global skill demands versus educational attainment;
- the funding cliff; and
- a looming teacher shortage.