11/20/2014 06:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Evidence of Abundance 19: Increasing Education

Today's Evidence of Abundance illustrates how educational levels are increasing across the U.S.

In the 1940s, about 20% of people in the U.S. had graduated from high school, but less than 5% continued their education to get bachelor's degrees or higher.

Today, it's a different story. As of 2012, over 56% of the country has a high school diploma; while over 30% have gone on to get their bachelor's and advanced degrees.

Figure Above: Shows % of population against level of education in the U.S.

Over the last century, we've crushed some of the biggest barriers that previously deterred your education -- socioeconomic status, race, gender, physical space and cost.

But this is only the very beginning. This coming decade we will see fully digitized MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) use virtual worlds and artificial intelligence to dematerialize, demonetize and democratize learning worldwide.

And, as companies like Google, Facebook and even SpaceX work to provide 1 Megabits of Internet bandwidth per person to the world, we'll see an additional 3 to 5 billion new minds come online, all of them with access to the best education possible. But more on this next week...

We're in for an incredible decade of change!

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