President Obama's New Education Goal
Obama has continued to set goals and make progress to help students get a college education. Now he is looking to expand on those goals so that every American has at least one year of college education or training by the year 2020.
Credit:jurveston/flickrThat may seem unattainable but it is critical to the growth of the economy as many experts have pointed out in the past including deputy secretary of the U.S Department of Education.
What is more intriguing is that the deputy made it clear that "The dropout issue costs our country about a trillion dollars. It's the equivalent of a permanent recession.” This is the type of issue that the private sector and public sector must come together to solve because the initial problem is not the higher level education but rather reducing the high school dropout rate so that students can attend higher education institutions.
Corporations will need new and innovative minds to shape the economy of tomorrow and it will be necessary that Americans begin to look at higher education in a more serious way so that America continues to be a leap ahead of the rest of the world. Otherwise, countries like China may catch up and even win the current economic race in the world.
During a discussion at the Center for American Progress on May 31, Winnie Stachelberg, the executive vice president for external affairs at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank in Washington, D.C. stated, "The private sector is chief among stakeholders with interest in a vibrant and productive education enterprise. Corporations depend on highly skilled, well-educated young people for their future workforce.”
In the end it is advantageous for America as a whole to try and strive to meet Obama’s goal so that the economy has a better chance of recovering in the long run.