It comes back to math and science June 27, 2006Posted by Tom in Economic Development, Education, Technology, Workforce.
1983’s landmark “A Nation at Risk” paper sounded the alarm for American education. Specifically, it showed how America was slipping in its performance in math and science education – and how that drop-off could affect our economic health.
The new University of Alabama Chancellor, Malcom Portera, raises the same topic – but this time through the lens of the alignment of workforce and economic development:
[Portera] said Americans must focus on math and science in school and communities must encourage their youngsters to take interest in those fields if the U.S. and the South is to compete with foreign countries in the future economy.
“I have always felt that the key for us in Mississippi and Alabama is to try and take the talent that exists on the campuses of the universities, working hand-in-glove with the state and local economic development organizations, and help restructure and build our economies,” Portera said.
The Deep South has been reasonably successful luring manufacturing facilities to their states – especially the newer foreign automotive plants. If Portera has his way, you could see a lot more than assembly-driven manufacturing going south.