America 's Youth For The Future

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“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future,” to quote Franklin D. Roosevelt. The biggest problem the American school system faces is preparing its youth for the dramatically changing America economy. America’s youth now face competition from automation, a globalized workforce talent pool, jobs being sent offshore, and jobs that require sophisticated problem-solving and higher levels of education. Unemployment, loss of earning power, welfare, and crime rates will all be affected by the choices America makes moving forward with its decision on education reform. The economy has changed along with technology, but America’s workforce is struggling to keep up with the demands and requirements of new jobs, such as the many innovative STEM jobs. STEM is an abbreviation used to describe jobs requiring a science, technology, engineering, or math-related degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that these occupations account for over 10% of jobs in the U.S., also noted is the wages paid for these jobs are close to double the typical U.S. worker. The evolution from manual labor to automation continues to exponentially grow and keeps overtaking jobs that individuals with only a high school degree can qualify to work. Howard Rheingold, a ground-breaking sociologist and educator, noted, “The jobs that the robots will leave for humans will be those that require thought and knowledge.” Hence, growing job markets in computer services, technical services, engineering, architectural, and business/accounting in America. Still, without the proper education citizens of America cannot meet the requirements for these great new high paying jobs. Couple this with companies sending jobs offsho... ... middle of paper ... ... economy. For this factor alone, Americans should be very concerned with who their next Commander and Chief [next president] will become because all the potential candidates have very different campaigns on how they would fix America’s education problem. For example, Berne Sanders sponsors the “Robin Hood” tax, a 0.5% tax on Wall Street speculation, which would bring in enough tax revenue to meet the expenses to provide free tuition at public colleges and universities throughout America. No matter who wins the 2016 election, if the American dream is to live on, America will need to focus on reforming its education system immediately to meet the new demand and requirements of the ever changing world. This will be done by educating America’s youth for the future, allowing America to simultaneously secure its people’s dream of freedom and propensity for all.
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