The Wicked Stories Room

Throughout WSWP and DIYDays you will find a public education instillation in the Library called "The Wicked Stories Room." The instillation is designed to not only provide a big picture of the data we've collected around the state of education and a place of inspiration while we attempt to solve the problem, but also a location where we can add the data and research we generate during the Mindstorm.

In the Wicked Stories Room, you'll find quotes, stats, infographics, videos, children's art, schoolwork and more. You'll see some instillation elements below.

We encourage you to add anything that you find inspiring and informative!


A liberal education is at the heart of a civil society, and at the heart of a liberal education is the act of teaching. - A. Bartlett Giamatti

Education is all a matter of building bridges. - Ralph Ellison

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. - William Butler Yeats

The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives. - Robert M. Hutchins

Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. - John W. Gardner

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. - John Dewey

Graduating from high school is an economic imperative. – Barack Obama

I would rather entertain and hope that people learned something than educate people and hope they were entertained. - Walt Disney


12 percent of America’s schools produce 50 percent of America’s dropouts (from Obama Speech on Drop Out Rates, 3/1/10)

Over 1 million students don’t finish high school each year — nearly one in three. Over half are African American and Latino. (from Obama Speech on Drop Out Rates, 3/1/10)

Among graduates, only about one-third have enough of the skills needed for success in college and the workforce. (Grad Nation)

In the United States, there are 32 million adults with low literacy skills. Nearly one in seven American adults has trouble reading well enough to understand the side effects listed on a medicine bottle. (Do you really know the state of education)

Approximately 7,000 children drop out of school every day.
(Do you really know the state of education)

Among 30 developed countries, the United States ranks 25th in math and 21st in science.
(Do you really know the state of education)

Approximately 2,000 schools across the country are considered "dropout factories," schools where 40 percent of students quit between the ninth and 12th grades.
(Do you really know the state of education)

It's estimated that by the year 2020, there will be 123 million high-paying, high-skill jobs in the United States, but only 50 million Americans will be qualified to fill these positions. (Waiting for Superman)

33% of children in California will not finish high school. (California Dept of Education)

It is estimated that more than $2 billion is spent each year on students who repeat a grade because they have reading problems. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

54 percent of all teachers have limited English proficient (LEP) students in their classrooms, yet only one-fifth of teachers feel very prepared to serve them. (Richard Riley - Former Secretary of Education)

It is estimated that the cost of illiteracy to business and the taxpayer is $20 billion per year. (United Way, "Illiteracy: A National Crisis")


High School Graduation and GED:

Does Adding Teacher Improve Education?

Standardizing Standards:

US vs. The World

Measuring Student Performance

Interactive Infographic on Children and Technology

Kid-drawn Infographics on education:

How Video Games are changing education:

America's Drop Out Factories:

How Teachers Think Technology Impacts Education:

Solving the STEM Problem (also STEAM: "a" for "arts"):

How Boys and Girls learn and the strategies that are gender specific

A movie trailer of a documentary about Finland's school system which is radically different from the US and is one of the best of the world