Why has the United States enjoyed a pre-eminent position in the global economy throughout most of its existence? Nothling like a pretty loaded question — one that has a few answers. But a key factor has obviously been a highly educated population and workforce.
Not any more. Developing countries, as the name indicates, were expected to improve their educational systems and move closer to the U.S. But the biggest problem has been the declining performance within our borders.
We’ve talked about it in Indiana and other states around the country. Studies have documented the demise. Now, the College Board weighs in with a high-profile commission report titled "Coming to Our Senses: Education and the American Future."
The goal: ensuring that at least 55% of the U.S. population holds a college degree or certificate by 2025.
The plan: 10 recommendations intended to improve the entire education system.
The consequences, if this or a similar viable plan is not followed, are severe. Consider the quote from the commission chair: “We are fighting the clock now and will regret every moment lost. Other countries have made educational excellence a national priority while we have been satisfied with ‘average,’ and it has cost us dearly.”
You’re going to hear much, much more about this from the Chamber in the near future. It’s a top priority, one that cannot be ignored.