Thursday, September 29, 2011

Investing in Education is the Key to Developing the Green Economy

In President Obama's State of the Union Address, he spoke about how America can win the future by out-educating, out-innovating and out-building the rest of the world. The challenge of building the green economy is dependent on well educated students and this depends on government investment.

According to Jack Lew, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, "Getting our fiscal house in order requires shared sacrifice. But even in these tough times, we have a responsibility to make smart investments in our Nation's future. That's why we must invest in innovation to ensure that the jobs and industries of the future are built right here in America. It's why we need to invest in roads, bridges, high-speed rail and high-speed Internet to help our businesses ship their goods and ideas around the world.

Lew shares the President's veiw that "America must invest in education so that all of our children have an opportunity to fulfill their potential. Even though parents are the key to a child's education, we have a responsibility to ensure that America's students are prepared to compete and thrive in the 21st century global economy."

It makes sense to invest in schools because investing in education is the key to the future, while under funding schools is the road to a certain national demise. We cannot create 21st century schools in 19th century classrooms.

© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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