Reversing the Decline of American Education

By almost any measure, the United States is failing to adequately prepare school aged children for the challenges of a 21st century world.

Despite the billions invested in public education by local, state and federal governments, and a host of federal initiatives such as “No Child Left Behind,” and “Race to the Top,” American children lag behind the rest of the world in reading, math and science.

Among developed nations, the U.S. ranks 31st among 77 educational systems worldwide, according to a report released by the National Center for Education Statistics. According to Slate.com, the American students are being outperformed by students in East Asia, Europe and Canada.

Test results from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), first conducted in 2000, show U.S. test scores in reading and math literacy have not improved significantly in the past 20 years.

In a 21st century world about to enter a second technological revolution, and an America facing fierce competition from China for dominance in 5G technology, it is imperative that we do a better job educating our young in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Because the use of technology has now spread to nearly every corner of the globe, American workers now face competition not just from one nation, but from the best and brightest living in a plethora of distant lands.

We must:

  1. Increase the supply of science and math teachers and deploy them to the classrooms by increasing college scholarships for those willing to enter the field.
  2. Supplement and strengthen the technological skills of K-12 teachers.
  3. Encourage school systems to establish specialty High Schools that foster advanced studies in science, technology and math.
  4. Offer incentives to the college bound to earn degrees in science and engineering.
  5. Offer visa extensions and a path to citizenship to foreign students who earn a doctorate in science, technology, engineering, math, or other fields of national need to put their knowledge to work on American soil.