A future shortfall in Americans trained in science and engineering bodes ill not only for our economic well-being, but for our national security as well. – Arthur Herman, “America’s High-Tech STEM Crisis,” Forbes International competitors are chipping away at America’s
“If the U.S. [continues] to grow … crops of poor, desperate, dissatisfied, nomadic, miserable-waged populations … then our republican experiment notwithstanding all its surface-successes, is at heart an unhealthy failure.” – Walt Whitman With the approval of Covid-19 vaccines
Background: For decades the United States has been unable to reverse its once proudly held lead in the education of its citizens. A number of major initiatives such as No Child Left Behind have been created and well funded but
The United States pioneered universal free primary education to provide literacy to its newly enfranchised citizens. We flourished. It then led the world in the industrial era on the strength of the free high schools that provided skills to build
“The line between disorder and order lies in logistics.” – Sun Tzu As the Democrat and Republican parties wrap up their conventions, they will embark on their campaigns for President amid a national public health emergency. Instead of traditional
Missed opportunity to suppress the transmission of COVID-19 and save lives “I have no desire to suffer twice, in reality, and then in retrospect.” – Sophocles, Oedipus Rex After initial stumbles, the response to the COVID-19 crisis seemed straight forward.
“He was reluctant to open it, for once such a thing is opened, it cannot be shut again” – Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton It has been over two months since we’ve gone into self-isolation. While the daily
“The journey a ponderous one at times, long and slow but necessarily so” – Lockdown In mid-January, we began to wonder whether a modern-day Oedipus Rex would confront the U.S., but concerns were cast aside. Since the beginning of the
The rapidity with which the pandemic has cratered the global and the US economies is truly unnerving. In response, and with atypically great speed, it would appear as if central banks around the world are working together to pull
It’s a Wonderful Life: Are Capra’s Values Still Alive in Today’s Economy?