Today our once unchallenged position in innovation is at risk, at a time when international competition is on the upswing and the U.S. economy is still reeling from the deep recession. There is no substitute for action by the public sector to support education, teacher training, and universities and community colleges that excel in the critical areas of science and technology.
The examples of American know-how I mentioned at the beginning of this column are only a sample from our storied history. Who knows what we can do if we put our minds now to educating the makers of tomorrow.
- See a ranking of the best high schools for math and science education.
- Explore the U.S. News STEM Education Center.
- Read: Obama wasn’t the first pol to cite a "Sputnik moment."