President Obama Emphasizes Education in 2011 State of the Union
In his January 25th State of the Union Address, President Obama stressed themes of education, innovation and trade, all critical factors shaping future U.S. competitiveness. President Obama stated “when a child steps into a classroom, it should be a place of high expectations and high performance.” This principle holds true for classrooms not only in the United States, but throughout the world. Quality education equips people with the knowledge, skills and self-reliance they need to increase income and expand opportunities for employment.
President Obama also set a new goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2014, stating “the more we export, the more jobs we create at home.” Today, the fastest-growing markets for American goods are in developing countries, representing 40% of U.S. exports and one out of every five American jobs. The U.S. should be mindful that education in the developing world is essential to building the stable trading partners that growing U.S. export markets require. Education reduces poverty and stimulates economic growth, and no country has achieved rapid economic growth without investing in education and reaching an adult literacy rate of at least 40 percent. Read More
2011 State of the Union