The safety and security of my country is in jeopardy. She is not under threat from the outside. The threat unfortunately is domestic. The growing anti science crowd, the growing numbers of ill-informed and the poor quality of leadership. Leaders of the political class are calling for defunding of everything. The private sector wants results without putting any capital at risk. The shortsightedness of cuts to science, technology and education is enough to make me cry. The intellectual dishonesty of defunding the tools of education and then crying that the system does not work is treasonous.
American will remain secure only if all her children have access to great education. All of her children can learn if we are willing to give them the chance to prove themselves. More guns will not secure us, great education for all will.
Would you neglect the education of your child? So, why are we neglecting the education of the most vulnerable among us? The education of our children is completed by them having pairs to challenge them. Europe is yesterdays competition. The sleeping giants have awoken and are working hard on catching up. We are not stationary, but the competition is accelerating while we are decelerating. We need to wake up and invest the time and money needed to ensure that America remains the creative center of the world.
Our challenge is to see that our current system is no longer working. It may work for you, but if your child can only compete with the lesser educational attainment of her local competition she will not be able to survive the coming onslaught. We must make sure all our children are ready for the global competition. The giants of Asia have awoken, South American has awoken and Africa is stretching from a long night. Competition is here to stay. Will American be ready?
I am confident in the resilience of American society, but it is my responsibility to prepare my children for plan B.