Today, America is at a monumental crossroads. Complex environmental issues such as climate change, the end of cheap energy, water scarcity, and biodiversity loss are escalating at an alarming pace. For the first time in history, our children have a lower life expectancy than their parents due to national health issues such as obesity and diabetes. Meanwhile America’s science and tech sectors are struggling to recruit the educated and creative workforce needed to continue to lead the world in innovation.
To overcome these 21st century challenges, it is critical to provide our nation’s children with a 21st century education—an education that leverages the power of hands-on learning; that encourages creative thinking and problem-solving; and one that builds a generation of “whole children” who are prepared to address the environmental and economic challenges of the 21st century.