New Commission on the Skills of the American Workforce report released today December 14, 2006Posted by Tom in Education, Workforce.
The Commission’s 28-page PDF executive summary of their report, Tough Choices or Tough Times, is available here. I gather that the report is being formally released to the public at 10AM today in Washington, DC.
I haven’t had a chance to read it all in depth, but my review indicates a couple things:
1. The Commission is suggesting that the United States transition itself to a largely creative economy. That means:
- Marketing & Sales
- Global Supply Chain Management
2. To get to this point, the United States needs to confront some tough realities about its education system:
The core problem is that our education and training systems were built for another era, an era in which most workers needed only a rudimentary education. It is not possible to get where we have to go by patching that system. There is not enough money at any level of our intergovernmental system to fix this problem by spending more on the system we have. We can get where we must go only by changing the system itself.
Powerful material, indeed – and considering the supporting materials already circulated like the aforementioned Time Magazine cover story and today’s Thomas Friedman op-ed in the New York Times (subscription to TimesSelect required…sigh), it looks like this Commission has the ears of influential policy leaders. The emphasis on the creative element – perhaps the “creative” moniker – is somewhat surprising to me, but it’s encouraging to see that leaders like those on the bipartisan Commission are looking in that direction for our country’s future.