At 4.9 percent, the nation's unemployment rate is half of what it was at the height of the Great Recession. But that number hides a big problem: Millions of men in their prime working years have dropped out of the workforce — meaning they aren't working or even looking for a job.

It's a trend that's held true for decades and has economists puzzled.

College Board

The American education system seems to be in perpetual crisis. Despite nearly 15 years of education reform – and the introduction of an array of tests, curriculum, and new measures of student learning – students are not any better prepared to succeed in college or the workforce.

And the bad news just keeps coming.