Posts Tagged ‘global economy’

It’s Education, Stupid!

March 18, 2013

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.

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NCR Brings More Jobs Home to America as it Moves into a Second Plant in Columbus

March 28, 2012

My iPhone shot of Rick Marquardt, NCR VP of Global Operations, spewkaing to members of the Rotary Club of Columbus

What stood out was seeing a powerful corporate executive become emotional when he told of how plant employees came up smiling to shake his hand, some even crying, as they thanked him for providing them jobs.  “That’s what it’s all about,” said Rick Marquardt, Vice President of Global Operations for NCR, who spoke to Columbus Rotarians today, the day he came back to town to announce the opening of a second plant in Columbus. NCR has leased the new building that Cessna was going to use but decided against it when the economy went sour.

Columbus is NCR’s only manufacturing facility in the United States. Since opening in Columbus, the plant has manufactured 25,000 ATM machines and also makes other business machines here. The corporation’s decision to bring some manufacturing jobs back to America got national attention, but he cautioned that we shouldn’t expect a lot of firms to do that. That’s sad. Still, we can be thankful that some are doing it and one as large and as successful as NCR  picked Columbus to do it. Marquardt said Columbus was chosen because of the enthusiastic and broad support it got by Columbus business leaders when deciding on which city to start making things in the U.S.A. again.