February 19th, 2012

Senator Kerry on NCLB Waiver & Educational Competitiveness

In today’s Fall River Wicked Local: “Guest Opinion: No Child Left Behind waiver gives Mass. school districts flexibility” by US Senator John Kerry. Here’s an excerpt:

There’s no better place than Massachusetts to start a national discussion about how to adapt our education system so Americans can compete in the global economy. Massachusetts leads the nation with 53.7 percent of young adults holding college degrees, and our schools have always been innovative in ways that take full advantage of our rich learning environment and diverse economy.

But the world is changing, and we have to keep changing with it. In 1970, half of the people in the world who held science and engineering doctorates were American. But today, it has dropped to 15 percent. Moreover, the United States used to be number one when it came to our citizens completing college, but now we rank 16th — a flashing warning light when you consider that 60 percent of the new jobs in the coming decade will require more than a high school diploma.

It’s no longer enough that our students earn degrees. We have to chart a new path for education that will secure our country’s economic competitiveness in the 21st century. We have to have an education system that is aligned in such a way that we can give Americans the skills they need to compete in a global economy driven by innovation and knowledge.

Read the complete article here.

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