World and the Importance of Quality Education
demographics, and 21st century national priorities
requires a review of education priorities and methods. Levels
of success may be measured locally, but the true
measure of the quality of student results and
national resolve will be determined on
a global scale.
We need to view global education in the same
competitive terms that we view sports events, and we
need to generate enthusiasm for its support as though
our future depended on it...for it does.
for our students will not be found in
a local school district;
They are being educated in
The events of 21st Century have already proven to be influenced by
demographics, limited resources, increased
individual expectations and a greater dependency on technology.
Countries throughout the world view these changes as
having significant economic (and political) implications
and look to an educated populace to gain
incremental advantage. With over 1 billion children
school age children globally
(6% in the U.S.) the challenge to the United States is daunting. As a
counter balance to demographic reality, access to a
superior education system must be the norm for all,
not the exception.
Education is the single largest "industry" in the
world with one out of four members of the world's population
STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
are the economic drivers of our time. From
research through manufacturing, the country that makes
major commitments in these areas are the
countries that will have the highest prospects for
high economic growth, an enhanced 21st century
national infrastructure, a strong technology based
military, and improving living conditions for all.
Technology and low cost communications provide the means
to provide a quality education to all, regardless of
location. Those countries that can best marry these
capabilities with the necessary supporting educational
resources will be the future leaders among nations.
Globally, there will continue to be education challenges.
Economic constraints, a lack of a sufficient quantity of
qualified teachers, and in some countries, a lack of
political will are but three. However, these
weaknesses are not universal, and an assumption that needs to
be made is that where these weaknesses exist, they will
The United States cannot afford to be less than fully
committed to providing an exceptional education experience to
all. To do otherwise would
make it increasingly difficult to meet our nation's goals.
There are sobering statistics that need to be recognized and
responded to - More than 50 percent of America's current science
and engineering workforce is approaching retirement, while by
the 12th grade American students score near the bottom in
international math and science tests. At the same time,
nations with significantly more school age students than are in
the US have recognized the critical importance of a sound
education foundation and are increasing resources devoted to
this critical component of economic growth.
Describing the problem is relatively easy; devising and
implementing solutions is more difficult - The Integrated
Technology Education Group (ITEG,LLC) is positioned to support