The nation’s future depends on an educated workforce

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

It isn’t just parents who should worry about kids who waste their time thumbing video games and text messages instead of doing their homework. America’s position as a world leader is at stake.

Kids who are educationally deficient wind up on welfare rolls instead of in good-paying jobs. More importantly, they’re unfit to fill the jobs of the future. Any time that parents invest now in getting them to be better students is time well spent.

“STEM” is the new buzzword in education. It stands for science, technology, engineering and math. Educators, manufacturers and government are looking for ways to get the country’s brightest kids fired up about taking harder classes. The nation isn’t producing enough engineers to design new products and lead the world in inventions and innovations. Despite all the talk about high unemployment, manufacturers can’t find enough skilled candidates for many jobs.

“What’s at stake is our mantle of economic leadership around the world,” Jay Timmons, chief executive officer of the National Association of Manufacturers, told the Wall Street Journal.

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