Chris Bugbee believes that education should be a given right to everybody, regardless of age. Life is a journey of learning and people should be committed to enriching their knowledge at all times in order to better themselves. Naturally, that starts at a young age, ensuring children attend school and complete it as well. Teachers play a huge role in this and they should be empowered to deliver the best possible education. Unfortunately, not a day goes by where there isn’t some news about the school system failing. Children are harassed, school shootings are regular occurrences, almost ever principal and teacher is overworked, the state education department and its board of trustees is struggling to keep up, training is substandard and it is nearly impossible to get new recruits into higher forms of education. But, according to Chris Bugbee, Connecticut is also a state with a lot to offer and the potential to not just do better, but to become a role model for the rest of the country. Here, he reveals some of the statistics on education in the state.
Chris Bugbee on Education Statistics in Connecticut
Connecticut scores higher than the national average in a number of key areas of education. This includes:
- The number of young people completing high school.
- The number of people holding a bachelor’s degree or above.
They also have significantly lower rates of high school dropouts.
More specifically, in terms of education attainment, 8.8% of people have less than a high school diploma, 27.3% have only a high school diploma or GED, 24.8% have some college education or an associate’s degree, and 38% have a bachelor’s degree. In terms of those who have completed higher education, 16.4% hold an associate’s degree, 46.7% hold a bachelor’s degree, and 26.8% hold a master’s degree.
The fields of study are also very interesting. They are, in order of popularity:
- Science and engineering.
- Arts, humanities, and others.
- Science and engineering related.
Overall, Connecticut is doing very well. They have a 90% high school graduate or higher rate, which is better than most other states. New Hampshire fares slightly better, albeit only by 2.7%. Meanwhile, it scores 2nd highest out of states in the area for the number of people with a bachelor’s degree, with only Massachusetts doing even better, by 8.3%. Unfortunately, Connecticut does have a nearly 10% high school dropout rate. While this is better than the national average, it is the 3rd worst out of the states in the area. Rhode Island is the worst of all, with a 13% rate. They are, in fact, looking at what Connecticut has done because, while their rate may still be higher than average, it has become smaller and the gap is narrowing.
Overall, Connecticut is a fairly typical state. Teachers are overworked, children are often disengaged and unhappy. But there is a real desire to do better and that desire is paying off. That in itself is a fantastic development and one that many others can learn from.