One wonders whether we comprehend and draw the correct conclusions from news reports about our society. The April 25 Globe informs us that Senate President Therese Murray has a focus on the state’s low wages, saying that they boost government costs that ultimately fall on taxpayers. Asking a gathering of business people for feedback on the issue, she received no questions.
The same edition contains a report that US schools are still lagging other nations and that 1 in 4 Americans fail to earn a high school degree on time. The Globe has reported that Massachusetts employers, like their counterparts in other states, have thousands of job openings and a lack of qualified applicants.
Does anyone see the connection here?
Respect for, and commitment to, education is the most important factor separating the haves and the have-nots in today’s America. Real education requires good schools, excellent teachers, and involved parents. Too many politicians and, yes, parents, have failed to respond. The individual ill-equipped for today’s workforce is the inevitable outcome of the failure to achieve high standards in our schools.