Education the Key to Success in Confronting Demographic Sea Change
This week I had the privilege of addressing the graduates of the Boston University School of Education. My message to them, as it is to the nation at this critical juncture, is that we must make education a priority for the future of the United States and our economy in light of the demographic sea change.
The Census Bureau recently announced that white births last year accounted for a minority for the first time in U.S. history. While not unexpected news, it was an important milestone for a nation undergoing an important transition. The National Urban League has been on the front lines of the challenge, and earlier this year issued a public call for immediate national action with an 8-Point Plan to Educate, Employ and Empower.
Any discussion about equality of economic opportunity must address the basic shortcomings of our current national approach to education. The National Urban League’s plan includes practical approaches to fair and equitable school funding, robust early childhood education and dropout prevention.
Education, at its core, is economic readiness. A broken national system of education will continue to yield a broken economy, built upon broken communities and broken lives.
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and the National Urban League’s commitment to a nation where every child is ready for college, work and life.