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Education and the Nation’s Future

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The United States used to lead the world in educational attainment, but has failed to maintain its dominant position in the last few decades. Improving its students’ educational outcomes would significantly expand the economy and the opportunities available to workers. The future of the United States economy depends on improving the education and skills taught to students, which requires a renewed emphasis on producing, rewarding, and retaining great teachers.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why is it important to improve our education system?
  2. Despite more funding, why hasn’t our education system improved in recent decades?

Additional Resources

  • Read Eric Hanushek’s chapter in Blueprint for America, “Education and the Nation’s Future,” available here.
  • Click here to find the rest of Blueprint for America.