Education is a key element of U.S. national power. It is perhaps the most vital component in that it imparts the knowledge, skills, critical thinking, and basic citizenship tools needed for a motivated, creative, and productive U.S. workforce. The Information Age has propelled the nation into a highly competitive and dynamic economic and political environment. If the United States is to maintain its starring role on the world stage, its education system must keep in step with the ever- changing requirements for individual and organization success. As a vital foundation of the nation, it must be constantly assessed and adequately resourced. The debate on the quality of U.S. education is an ongoing process, one that promises to continue well into the next century.
ICAF Industry Studies 1999