If we want to win the future – if we want innovation to produce jobs in America and not overseas – then we also have to win the race to educate our kids.” —President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, January 25, 2011
Our nation’s education system has been a key driver of the United States’ economic success. However, as other countries are catching up, and even surpassing us in some areas, to stay competitive the United States must reverse these trends and continue to lead the world by providing a world class education to its citizens.
In particular the specific skills embodied in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education fuel the innovative processes that are especially valuable to our economy. This part of the report compares the United States to other nations on key measures of education, with a particular focus on STEM. Furthermore, it outlines the diverse and critical role of the Federal government in building a skilled and competitive workforce. Watch the video below for more, or explore the materials on this topic on your right.