What is the key to academic success? That seems to be the million-dollar question right now in America. Recent studies show that out of 40 countries around the world, American students rank 25th in math and 21st in science. The average rate of proficiency in the majority of states hovers around a dismal 20% to 30%. Actually, they lag behind in every subject—except self-confidence! (Okay, that’s not a subject, but you know what I mean.)Now consider that the National Dropout Prevention Center states that 82% of inmates in this country are high school dropouts. The national Latino high school dropout rate is 21%—the highest in the country, according to the Pew Hispanic Center. Not surprisingly, Latinos make up 19% of inmates in the U.S.