Education is important to the US because it develops our most valuable resource, our people. It provides our youth the basic knowledge necessary to function productively in our society; it bridges the learning environment and the work place; it prepares working adults to transition from one work experience to another; and it is the foundation of our democratic form of government. As we approach the 21 st century, the ability of our current system of education to adequately perform those roles has been questioned. Our schools must shed the outmoded methods they have used for more than 150 years to respond to emerging technological advances, changes in the American economy, and increasing global interdependence. Although myriad solutions to the perceived ills of America's education systems have been proposed and attempted, none have proven universally satisfactory.
ICAF Industry Studies 1998