Nightly News | September 23, 2012
>>> now to nbc's education nation, our ongoing in depth looking at the challenge of americas schools and the possible solutions. the education summit began today. that's where rehema ellis is tonight.
>> reporter: according to government figures more than 3 million young people dropped out of high school in 2010 . that's why there's a lot of discussion here this year on how to change that. american education is facing a crisis. among 35 countries, students in the u.s. ranked 14th in reading, 17th in science and 25th in math. disturbing numbers, setting the stage for nbc's third annual education nation.
>> welcome to new york city.
>> reporter: this career's summit at the new york public library . the historic midtown building was transformed into a stage where nearly 300 teachers sounded off about the falt of america's schools. brian william moderated this afternoon's speaker town hall and throughout the day, critical issues were discussed with educators of today and tomorrow. such as teacher evaluations.
>> as the time changes so must evaluations and the curriculum.
>> what our children most need is their belief in their ability to succeed.
>> reporter: the new common core curriculum and more.
>> do you expect tenure over the course of your entire career?
>> i don't feel as if it's something that i'm looking for. when i teach negative numbers and it doesn't work out, i want someone to tell me what to do on basics. i want someone to help me out. that's what i want.
>> reporter: there were the day to day challenges teacher face.
>> in my public school , the union told me not to work past a certain time. i didn't care, i disobeyed.
>> we stay as long as the doors are open.
>> reporter: and for the first time, a student town hall , not surprisingly, technology was front and center.
>> in a time we are, with so much new technology, the way it's being integrated into schools.
>> reporter: and among students, the cost of education was a major concern.
>> we shouldn't be encouraging people to go into debt.
>> reporter: teacher s and students will spend the next few days talking about programs that will turn around america's public schools . president obama and mitt romney will be addressing the summit. it's all part of our continuing education nation coverage, on air and on line.