Have you ever seen a commercial encouraging young people to serve their nation and teach? Do schools reach out to entice the best and brightest? The education system is letting great talent slip away to other professions.
In Finland, only 1 in 10 applicants to teaching colleges is admitted. Then the Finns actively recruit the top college graduates. They want their best students to raise the next generation of students.
In the United States, we are not going after the best candidates. Maybe we are not even convinced it's a great job.
It all comes down to having a culture that values education and respects teachers. This nation is resting, assured it will always keep its super-power status. It needs to wake up and realize the rest of the world is stepping ahead. Education needs to change.
The good news? We are a nation of innovators. American ingenuity used to be our cornerstone. Back when Colonists were pushing for freedom against an Imperial heavyweight, we knew we had the resilience to succeed.
We put a man on the moon. We can rebuild education. Someone stomp a foot and state that the United States of America will have the best education in the world by 2030.