Sunday, January 25, 2009

21st Century Economic Recovery Hings on Education and Retraining

The economy that we left behind in 2008 is a gone forever. It was an economy that was driven in a direction that ultimately warped the social, political and cultural landscape of our entire country. Instead of investing in our human resources, our domestic companies and corporations used and abused their workforces. The results of this throw away worker mentality are all around us. Our education system has become as flawed as our banking systems. We now deliver graduates of a quality that fit the exploitive companies that they will ultimately work for. Our culture is fostering ignorance over education and gratification over work. Many of the dysfunctions of our culture are direct byproducts of an aberrant economic system.

The economy that will ultimately replace the last will be vastly different and constantly changing. There will be less and less need in this new economy for undereducated or untrained workers. My point here is that not all American workers will be able to function in the next economy. A lack of investment in America’s human resources over the last 30 years has brought us to the point where there will be millions of workers who will need years of education to become productive members of the new economy. Years of education! Some may never be able to make the transitions. Some may ultimately just become wards of the State.

There can never be an economic recovery back to the economy of 2008. The most important component to the structural changes necessary to move our country into a 21st Century economy lies with education and job retraining. There must be a massive commitment to the reeducation of our population. Without it, millions will be doomed to a life of poverty and degradation. Without it, our country will never again regain its status as a true economic superpower!


Blogger LazySusan said...

What do you think about improving the reputation of community colleges as a way to increase rates of Latinos getting higher education? I read about the idea in a great book called Thinking Big. It talks about things like creating an online curriculum and strengthening ties between high schools and community colleges as a way to get more people educated. I think that's a good idea that we should examine.

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Blogger LS Butts said...

I really don't understand the correlation between the reputation of community colleges and the rates of Latinos getting a higher education. I work with community colleges in the training of dislocated and disadvantaged workers. There are many barriers to higher education - I have never encountered the college's reputation as a barrier for any student.

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