The number one crisis in America is not the national debt or the deficit. It is the crisis in education and the growing income inequality between the one percent and the ninety-nine percent.
That growing income gap is what made it possible for President Obama to totally surprise a lot of people and decidedly win reelection. The average American can now easily observe that corporations are doing very well with record profits, and CEO salaries get fatter and fatter, while he struggles to make ends meet, to properly support his family.
Education is widely touted as the solution for the unemployed. Maybe it is. There are jobs crying for people to fill them, but finding workers educated enough to fill them is a problem.
Just check out these stats provided by the National Commission on Adult Literacy:
One in three of our children is not graduating from high school.
The global competitiveness of our workforce has significantly declined.
Says the commission, “Among the 30 OECD free-market countries, the U.S. is the only nation where young adults are less educated than the previous generation.”
The 2007 State New Economy index reports, ” Workers who were skilled with their hands and could reliably work in repetitive and sometimes physically demanding jobs were the engine of the old economy. In today’s New Economy, knowledge-based jobs are driving prosperity…jobs held by individuals with at least two years of college.”
In our state, Georgia, we have a 25 percent illiteracy rate. That is incredible. A state with compulsory public education has a 25 percent illiteracy rate.
Nationally, the National assessment of Adult Literacy showed that in 2005, “a staggering 30 million American adults scored at ‘below basis’ – meaning they could perform no more than rudimentary literacy tests. Another 63 million adults could perform only simple basic everyday literacy activities.
Just think what this means to the children of illiterate parents who do not get intellectual stimulation and training at home.
The Commission says something can be done. It recommends Congress enact a new Adult Education and Economic Growth Act to overhaul and expand adult education and workforce skills training. You can read about it this site.
The results of not doing anything about this means the global market will furnish the needed educated workers if America fails to educate new workers “from the adult ranks.” “88 million of 188 million adults aged 18 to 64 will struggle with only a high school education and low English proficiency. Large numbers of them will become a drain on the economy, rather than a positive economic force.”
Wonder why news media does so little reporting on this crisis.