WHO WE ARE

We are students and others who care about improving education.

A STUDENT AND HER FATHER
A STUDENT AND HER FATHER
Tellusthepoint was created by Olivia Grace Watkins and her father Wain Sean Watkins to solve the puzzle of how schoolwork is linked to real life. Initially named “Tellmethepoint,” the idea for Tellusthepoint grew from Olivia’s demand, starting around age 10, that her father tell her the point of learning schoolwork that did not seem connected to life in the real world. Wain had no good answer for his daughter, but since he expected that schools would prepare students with the knowledge and skills they needed, he told Olivia to trust her teachers and study hard.

Olivia studied very hard. She performed well in school and she even got a perfect score on her SAT. But she continued to wonder why schools didn’t tell students how schoolwork was preparing them for real life. After a little research, Olivia and her father discovered that students everywhere were less engaged in learning than they could be, because schoolwork often seemed irrelevant to life. They also discovered that despite a supposed “skills gap” employers and graduates had no easy way to tell schools about the knowledge and skills students needed.

After lots of research, feedback from students, teachers and employers, and with help from dozens of skilled programmers, Olivia and Wain are building Tellusthepoint into the largest student-driven effort to link learning to life. Rather than criticize the education system, we are providing the tools and information needed to improve education. The response to Tellusthepoint has been overwhelmingly positive. After only limited testing, we are already beginning to solve the puzzle of the link between schoolwork and real life.

Linking learning to real life is the future of education. Thank you for helping us to create it.

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AMERICA’S STUDENTS
AMERICA’S STUDENTS
Tellusthepoint is a student-driven project. In in every school, in every city, in every state across America, students want to know the point of what they are learning, and Tellusthepoint provides a platform for them to be actively involved in linking learning to real life. All students are welcomed to join and participate in Tellusthepoint, but leaders of Tellusthepoint will tend to be top students in their schools. Why? First, linking learning to real life is a very big, time-consuming challenge that requires the kind of dedication demonstrated by top students. Second, we need to show educators that top students care about career education and linking learning to real life. (It is incorrect to believe that top students only care about getting into 4-year colleges.) And third, top students are appropriate leaders because they are committed to academic excellence despite wondering, like disengaged or average students, if they will ever use much of what they are required to learn in school.

Linking learning to real life is the future of education. Thank you for helping us to create it.

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PEOPLE LIKE YOU
PEOPLE LIKE YOU
Tellusthepoint’s success ultimately depends on the feedback and commitment from people like you. Everyone is required to spend precious years of our lives as students. Then we have to deal with life in the real world. So, there is simply no good reason why learning should not be linked to real life. By joining Tellusthepoint or completing the Survey of High School Graduates, you will join graduates from over 40 industries who are helping Tellusthepoint achieve our goal of linking all subjects taught in school to people, products and jobs that use them. Whether you are a recent graduate, have been working for many years, or are enjoying retirement, we invite you to join us and be a part of something great.

Linking learning to real life is the future of education. Thank you for helping us to create it.

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