- January 1, 2013: Vol. 25, Number 1

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U.S. Jobs Crisis: Education Is the Answer to This American Dilemma

by Thomas Mackell

Even though the unemployment rate is trickling down ever so slowly, companies are now creating more jobs for which they cannot find qualified candidates. The paradox: Too many Americans cannot find jobs, yet too many companies cannot fill open positions. It is a real modern-day dilemma, one for which the past offers no precedent.

We need a vision for the future.

The gridlock in Washington precludes the notion that a New Deal–type initiative rebuilding America’s infrastructure and putting millions of Americans to work will have success.

What is needed is an evaluation of our current educational delivery system. It is imperative. Some may recall during the Reagan administration a panel of experts performed a yearlong study, the result of which was a report and assessment in 1983 that America’s educational system could best be characterized as putting a “nation at risk.”

There is no question that our education system begs for modernization and new

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