Innovation: The Answer to Recovery. Part I Education

2011 has turned out to be a more disappointing and dismal year rather than an improvement year as once expected. Productivity has stalled, thousands of jobs have been lost, high unemployment persist and once high hopes have faded. Amongst the miserable conditions is total confusion and constant bickering about what are the best solutions to move forward. You constantly hear talks about tax cuts, tax increases, extending unemployment benefits, injection of another stimulus package, less governmental interference and many other proposals. You are most certainly also hearing discussion about American innovation and the need to restore faith in American products and services. Remember though that we are immersed in a global economy and marketplace, which makes our innovative endeavors the more difficult and complex to be directed towards increased productivity. It will be extremely difficult to have the world buy into the American system once again but it can be achieved through hard work and precise focus.

When I say it is difficult for innovative endeavors to take substantial effect it is because we are operating and competing on a global scale. This means we have to provide the innovative measures that not only stimulate our country but can provide huge value and incentives for the global marketplace. This is because being so exposed to the fluctuation of many different nations’ economies, their changing marketplaces and their actions within their own countries impacts all of us connected interdependently on many different levels. Therefore in order to boost our protection within a global economy through innovation, we must be highly efficient and proactive with the initiatives we undertake. We must once again become the model for success and have other nations center and/or attach their growth within our innovative productivity.

Let’s identify the first innovative initiative; education and how it will help to restore the prominence of the U.S.

Education is the greatest foundation which to build a sustainable future upon and to help produce a significant, positive impact in the long-term. The problem we are experiencing though is a severely weak public education system and a significantly expensive higher education system. These two significant problems are heavy constraints on our ability to produce a highly competitive workforce that is capable of creating a prosperous future for the U.S.

It is alarming to see so many college graduates unable to get the jobs for which they sacrificed 4+ years of time to pursue. It is also alarming to see U.S. students performing so poorly in areas such as math and science when compared to competing developed countries. These two backward trends combined with many other issues produce a toxic environment for future U.S. growth. Without a well-educated, highly skilled workforce, our chances of retaining the title as “most powerful nation” will be non-existent.

Public Education

The public education system is used by 90% of students who receive primary educational training. In order to make the system more successful and efficient there needs to be widespread, effective changes that produce well-educated students. Keep in mind that the public education system has millions of students with varying needs and learning abilities which creates added challenges. Since all students do not possess the same capabilities nor perform on the same level it produces difficulty in moving students along in the same pace, thus slowing down the educational process. There must be initiatives developed that ensure that a quality education is truly administered to students in the public education system. This means the public education system is a two-fold commitment between both the educators and the parents. The public aspect of the system means that all can participate in the betterment of the foundation used by those who rely upon its fundamental development of future productive citizens. We as the public cannot cry afoul of the deteriorating public school system if we are being reactive rather than proactive.

In order to fix the system we must first reconnect the system to a supportive network. This means establishing an effective communication channel between parents, teachers, administrators and students. It has to be recognized and established that the importance of a good education is vital to the longevity of today’s freedoms. All those involved and dependent on the public education system should be mindful of the increased competition around the world and our increasing decline in educational rankings. In order to reverse this alarming trend we must reevaluate how the current system is operated and identify the best solutions to the issues.

Critical Issues:

  1. Unmotivated, Lazy Students
  2. Low Parent Participation
  3. Dissatisfied Teachers
  4. Unethical Administrators
  5. Unequal Basics

 

Higher Education

The preconceived notion is that attaining a 4 year college degree equates to a well-paying job and a good life. What has been seen as of late though is that this rosy perception does not become a reality for many college graduates. Since 2008, probably even earlier, it has become increasingly difficult for recent college graduates to find employment in their respective degree fields and thus they either go unemployed or underemployed. Add to the fact that the cost of college is steadily increasing; it becomes a challenge to really invest time and money (borrowed) into an expensive entity with a declining ROI. It is also a dire situation when employers have available positions that cannot be filled due to unskilled, minimal experience applicants. So is it that college students are seeking degrees in crowded, competitive fields or have many employers become too narrow and too specific in their requirements? Whatever the issue, there needs to be a swift correction in making higher education worth the investment and liability.

It would be best to train college students within their first two years of school and then place them within an internship program for the remaining two years. This will help to specialize college graduates for jobs employers desperately need filled without wasting time and resources on introductory training. This process will help to increase productivity and make college graduates better qualified to do the job they were hired to do. It will also be prudent for colleges to increase the awareness and importance of networking so students will be well-connected in the job market. A 3.5 GPA and higher translates to nothing when compared to those who are in the face of potential employers constantly demonstrating their capabilities and ability to be a beneficial asset.

The increasing cost of college is the difficult task to really put a handle on. Both public and private education systems’ costs are increasing year after year, making it harder for students to proceed forward in their educational pursuits. Colleges are huge systems were everyone involved in its operational process has to get paid, even if some of the costs are extremely outrageous such as textbooks. By making college more hands on and a career training facility, we begin to eliminate a great deal of the expenses associated with a traditional college education. It will also help to increase the timeframe of receiving career education and lead to more time for real-world experience and in-the-field experience.

Maybe my solutions to the educational issues are not the best but I believe using them in some sort of variation will work. In order for us to move forward and sustain we cannot continue to do the same things continuously expecting positive results. Our future is at stake now so we must fiercely move forward to ensure we are able to afford a prosperous future. Stay tuned as I examine the miserable job situation and explore my solutions to the issue through innovation.

 

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About Yura Bryant

Entrepreneur enthusiast, entrepreneur educator, entrepreneur activist. I live and breath entrepreneurship.

Posted on September 20, 2011, in Economy, Education, Innovation, Leadership, Self-Improvement and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I am 48 yrs young or old how ever you want to put it .I have always wanted my own business since a long time ago that is why I took a home course in Veternarian Assistant so I could work at an Vet office and go to school to become a vet and have a business of my own it did not work out as well as I thought it would because you see I had a 2 year old son who was well what they call today is ADHA Thats not what called it 25 yrs ago nevermind about so I could not go to further my education Now I want to start my own business This come to me this year after my older brother past away on New Years Eve. He was 54. His only son was there thats the first time his son came anywhere near him that’s another story I want to own and run my Business and hopfully when my time comes if it will make it til then but i;m not going to let anything or anybody stop me. because I’m doing this for myself now and I want something for my grandsons and of course for my son and Daughter. So if they ever need something I’ll be able to give it to them or loan them the money but you get the point It’s going to take me awhile to work everything out on paper. After all you have sell it to make it!!

    • Yes becoming a entrepreneur requires you to operate in the mindset of a business rather than thinking of things on a personal level. It is hard to put together a business while supporting a family that requires such a significant amount of time to grow properly itself. When I stay up to write and work on building my blog and consulting business, I think of the potential life I am building for not only myself but also my daughter and nephew and their future children. Just stay focused and remember the hard work will eventually pay off.

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