|Chronic absenteeism 'symptom of larger problem'|
Roman Stearns, executive director of California-based Scaling Student Success, underlines the rise in chronic absenteeism in schools as "a symptom of a larger problem." Many students, especially those from marginalized populations, he claims, find school uninteresting and irrelevant. The education system needs to shift its focus to develop skills and competencies that are essential for success in the modern world. By asking students, families, employers, and community leaders about their needs, a new set of skills and mindsets can be identified, Stearns asserts. "Students should be at the center of their own learning, with a voice in what they learn and how they learn. It's time to transform education and make it more engaging and relevant for all students."