There is no denying that the United States is no longer quite as dominant as it once was on the world stage. Sure, we continue to flex our power in global politics and in the economy, but when it comes to developing future leaders we’re falling behind by not a small margin.
In all studies that look at the various standardized tests the United States is middle of the pack. We aren’t graduating nearly as many scientists, mathematicians, engineers or environmentalists as other countries, which might lead to other parts of the world heading the charge into next generation innovations in all the important industries.
At one time the U.S. led the way in the space program, which gave this country a powerful position in many other areas. Imagine if the major breakthrough in alternative energy came out of China or India? Suffice to say there is a gap, and if you are so inclined, you could step in to fill it. (more…)