The world is a very dynamic and complex place. Developing countries are growing economically at rates that stagger the mind, and at rates that are increasingly putting pressure on our country’s ability to compete. In addition, our homegrown corporations are increasingly tapping the talent that exists overseas on the cheap, which is creating a population gap of people who lack the skills that are necessary for organizations desperately needing to stay profitable.
Therefore, I will say it! If we are going to compete as a country, we will need to start making some dramatic changes now. As a country that has experienced so much material wealth in the past century due to the successes that the American manufacturing complex helped produce, we are either in for a rude awakening, or a forced shift. Recently, I came across an article on USA Today that mentioned how many companies are actually profitable right now regardless of the layoffs, and that on average, the countries GDP has grown.
What this tells me, is that our work force, and therefore a large portion of our society, is in need of retraining or more education. It appears that the ideas and education of the past has not placed our population in a position that is not conducive to staying competitive on a global scale for long.
So we need to change, as a whole from the ground up. Where does it all start? I would say it all starts in the classroom. We have students being trained in this day and age for being engineers, IT professionals, doctors, lawyers, and general laborers. This is a problem it seems, especially since many of the aforementioned will be made available in other countries for almost nothing if not already, and the doctors and lawyers are so few in number that a large portion of society is going to have to wake up and activate themselves.
As far as I can tell, one of the most important developments in our population is going to be in the creation in more designers, creators, artists, and business people. This is going to be the area where will need to develop and become to compete globally. It seems like the manufacturing sector is being overtaken by cheap labor, and in many cases so too the engineering and higher skilled positions. Hence, we will need to make a shift as a country to being creators and business people, versus laborers and technicians. So it is going to start with the teaching of business skills and entrepreneurship skills to kids, including art and design. The teaching of these subjects as primary subjects versus secondary subjects like they have in the past is going to be our ticket. Of course this is only my hunch. What do you think? Feel free to comment to let me know what your ideas are on our countries place in the global economy. I am curious to know, whether or not you think changing the education system’s philosophy on what is most important in preparing the future of America’s workforce is important?
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