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    Beach to discuss country’s “skills gap’’

    Gary Beach, an author and publisher who says he is passionate about closing America’s gap in math and science skills, will speak at the Sherborn Library at 7 p.m. Nov. 6. Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO magazine and author of “The US Technology Skills Gap,” maintains Americans lag far behind people in other developed countries in science and math literacy, and suggests ways to catch up. One way, he has suggested, is to replace the traditional focus on “reading, writing and arithmetic” with the “5 Cs’' — collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication, and confidence. As a well-known figure in the global technology industry, Beach has appeared on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” and his commentaries have aired on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”