Many of our leaders today seem perplexed by the number of young people that are totally 'checked out' of the traditional educational system and learning model in the U.S. Unfortunately, it makes perfect sense to me.

We are simply not 'speaking' to young people.

The results of not effectively 'speaking' to your customer base hits some groups stronger than others. Gallup and the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index published a report last week that showed a significantly lower level of overall 'well-being' for young Black men (ages 18-35) than young men of all other races.

Going from bad to worse, it seems that young black man have really checked out. And for the sake of America's future, we need for them and everyone else, to check back in again. American prosperity depends on it.

It’s time for a radically new approach to education in America.

This is what I told the attendees of the national conference of the National Association of Secondary School Principals. An inspiring group of educational leaders not afraid to challenge their own thinking.

I believe that our kids are dropping out of high school at a stunning 30-70% rate because we have failed to connect education with aspiration, plain and simple.

Introducing Aspiration-Based Learning (ABL).

K-12 public education has not had a significant 'software upgrade' for a very long time.

In many ways, it is still based on the agricultural system it was created around. The changes we have seen, oddly enough have been tied to aspiration. But the system called education itself, never changed to reflect aspiration’s power and influence.

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John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE and Bryant Group Companies, Inc. Magazine/CEO READ bestselling business author of LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass)His newest bestselling book is How The Poor Can Save Capitalism (Berrett Koehler Publishing).

Bryant is a Member of the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans, co-founder of the Gallup-HOPE Index,and co-chair for Project 5117, which is a plan for the rebirth of underserved America.

Bryant is the only bestselling author on economics in the world who is also of African-American descent.

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