08 November 2012
The Education of Our Nation
“[R]aising math, science, reading, and creativity levels in Amerian schools is thed key determinant of economic growth, and economic is the key to national power and influence as well as individual well-being” (Friedman and Mandelbaum 100).When a problem arises, the first thing a person ought to do is educate themselves on the subject. While most every American agrees, America, as a nation, has put its’ education system on the back burner. In their book entitled That Used To Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, Thomas L. Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum explain their take of this new globalized world in which we now live and how America has failed to keep up. The key to returning our nation to front of the pack is education. Our young people need to be introduced to purposeful learning at an early age, and those who already out of school and in the work force, should be pressed to update their education regularly. This is vital for all American people and their futures.
The IT Revolution opened an unforeseen amount of opportunities for many people all around the world. With the emergence of the internet, people for anywhere in anywhere in the world could communicate at any time. The continuing drop in cost for such services had made it possible for just about anyone to become a player in the global economy. People have the power now to buy or sell from or to anyone. With so many potential competators, a person or company must work even harder to be both more cost efficient in order to offer better prices, and for new innovations in order to stand out from the crowd. Friendman and Mandelbuam summarized our current situation due to the IT revolution as: We can already see that this this hyper-connecting of the world is altering everyone’s business and forcing everyone who is in business to learn how to take advantage of...