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The Education Platform

I just received some interesting comments on Education, so I am opening up this section of the blog especially for comments related to that portion of the Platform.

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1. barbara | January 14, 2012 at 09:51 PM EST

The ideas on education presented on this site are very bold. But I'd urge the reader give this material the careful consideration it deserves. The platform concepts reflect incentives to push students to get an education that will enable them to achieve gainful employment, so they can lead productive lives in these demanding times.

The jobs that are now on the scene are a very different from those around a generation ago. So it should not be surprising that new approaches to education are called for. I read this platform as an attempt to gear the education that is paid for with public monies to be in synch with the needs of the workplace.

So as one reads through this platform, consider the following: Although some of the adjustments proposed here aren't painless, they hurt less in the long run than long term unemployment and the social unrest which results. These platform proposals are made in the hope that they will assist a greater percentage of young adults to prepare for productive lives. Regardless of whether the reader agrees with every single point, it would be a good thing to have a lively discussion on these critically important matters. The well-being of upcoming generations depends on getting this right-----not to mention (according to Tom Friedman in his new book, \"That Used To Be Us\") how robust our nation itself proves to be in future years.

2. mike | January 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM EST

Thanks for the comment. I agree. I find I agree about 80% of what is in the Friedman book. I think I agree with all of his comments on education. The largest areas of disagreement I have with him are a bit subtle. I would like to see a carbon tax too, but only if we can get cooperation from most everyone else including China and India. (considering some recent comments out of China this might actually be possible). Also on U.S. government investments in R&D, I think that we need to be mindful of the free rider effect. This does not mean we should not do it. It just means that it will not be as effective a contributor to U.S. competitiveness as it has been in the past, when we were a larger share of the whole market.

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