In a recent posting by the U.S. Secretary of Treasury, Tim Geithner, he starts out by praising the growth of the U.S. economy - where it was a few short years ago (2008) and where it is today. He points out the expanded economy, growth, private sector adding jobs, business balance sheets being stronger, and equipment & software investment has risen by 34%. These are all great stats compared to a depressive state of economy. Just think, one more than one is 100% more; same goes true for our depressive economy being so low that any increase is going to be a large percent.
All this being said is amazing for the U.S. economy. We are headed in the right direction. Now comes the hard part to examine. Tim Geithner continues in his talk to mention that we there are still challenges ahead of us including "The failure of our education system to keep up with the rest of the world." And this is one of my biggest pet peeves. We need to realize that the state of the U.S.A. is harsh at the moment and we can spend all the money that we can borrow to attempt to get out, but we need to have a long-term strategy. This long-term strategy needs to revolve around the ingenuity and forethought of education. With great quality graduates from the United States, staying in the United States, we will be without the proper human resource to continue our prosperity. We need to be able to give more of our focus, support, and resources to our educational needs so that we can get back to our superior intellect. Through our future educated leaders, we will be able to prosper and lead ourselves and the rest of the world.
As partners in education, What Gives? is poised to be able to have influence and impact on our educational system. It is the entrepreneurial spirits that we need to continue encourage. It is the continued resources that we can partner private sector with the public sector. There are so many resources out there that we have only begun to tap into.